In this video, Tim Wilmot explores watercolor plein air painting by demonstrating how to paint a street scene in the English village of Laycock. Using his bodycam, Tim shows how to tackle outdoor painting challenges, like choosing a subject and using light and shadow effectively. He covers essential materials, the initial sketch process, and the strategic application of colors. You will gain invaluable insights into creating a dynamic watercolor scene, a must-watch for enthusiasts eager to explore the art of painting in natural settings.
Plein air watercolor painting is an exciting form of art making, inviting artists to capture the world’s fleeting moments with their brushes and palettes. This practice challenges artists to translate the transient beauty of landscapes onto canvas under the ever-changing light of the great outdoors. For those inspired to take their art outside the studio, the world of watercolor plein air painting offers endless opportunities to grow, explore, and express the vibrant beauty of the world we live in.
Plein air painting – How it’s done. A watercolor demo of an English village street scene
Tim Wilmot presents a plein air watercolor demo in Laycock, a picturesque English village. He starts by discussing the challenge of painting in changing light conditions due to an overcast day that later brightens. Tim emphasizes the importance of selecting a good subject, simplifying the scene, and the materials used, including Saunders Waterford paper. He begins with an outline sketch, focusing on perspective and detailing the scene, including buildings, cars, and figures.
He begins with the sky and first washes, using a limited palette to achieve a cohesive color scheme. Tim explains his approach to creating depth and realism through shadows and details and the significance of the ‘sword’ brush for fine details. He also highlights the challenge of painting in a busy tourist spot and interacting with pedestrians.
Tim shares techniques for depicting buildings, vehicles, and figures, blending colors directly on the paper to create a vibrant, dynamic scene. He mentions the importance of light and shadow in adding dimension and life to the painting. Tim reflects on the finished piece, noting the balance between the figures, the car, and the play of light and dark.
I hope you enjoyed this watercolor plein air painting demo.
Blick French Easel by Jullian
The classically designed Blick French Easel by Jullian combines a sketchbox, easel, and canvas carrier in one — perfect for the on-location plein air painter. Handcrafted in naturally dried, oiled, and polished beechwood, the easel adjusts in height and angle to suit your painting style.
The easel includes a weather-resistant metal-lined box that holds a wood palette (included). It’s also ideal for storing and transporting paints, brushes, and other accessories (not included). Use it as a canvas carrier too. Finished paintings can be placed on the outside of the folded easel and carried. The easel arrives pre-assembled.
The Blick French Easel by Jullian is available in a Full Box or Half Box size. Both styles have a maximum height of 73″ and accommodate canvas up to 34″ high. When folded, the Full Box Easel measures 24″H × 18″W. The folded Half Box Easel measures 24″H × 12″W.
Carrying Bag — The easel includes a FREE red canvas carrying bag with a nylon handle and shoulder strap for easy portability.