Saturday, September 21, 2019

Landscape Features in Watercolor: Mountains & Rocks

Landscape Features in Watercolor: Mountains & Rocks

Landscape Features in Watercolor: Mountains & Rocks

Ideal for anyone painting in watercolor, who would like to practice within a studio setting and learn from live demonstrations. Explore new ways to create realistic rocks or mountains by textural layering. Find out how to treat form and cast shadows within distinct geological formations.

Artwork by Stacy Egan

Meets: (2) Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (3-hour duration)
Dates: Sep. 21, 28 in 2019
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Stacy Egan
Format: Demonstration, lecture, & one-on-one instruction provided during hands-on practice.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Medium: Watercolor
Technique: Specific to Painting Landscape Features in Watercolor
Materials: The instructor will email the materials list prior to the first day of class.


Syllabus: link

Related Blogs Written by the Instructor


Big Rock Formations

  • Beach
  • Streams
  • Rock Walls in Fields
  • Mountain/Woods
  • Gardens 
  • Houses

Rock Features Include:

  • Size
  • Shape (2D)
  • Form (3D), i.e. shadows
  • Color
  • Texture (Color & Form)

Participants Work & Demo


See below.

Day One Focus

Color mixing studies from Stacy's notebook.

Earth Yellow Mixtures

Brown and Gray Mixtures

Neutralized (Earth) Oranges

Neutralized (Earth) Yellows

Demo: Warm Up Exercise
(Mixing Brown & Gray)

Demo: Warm Up Exercise
(Mixing Brown & Gray with lighter values)

Demo: Getting Started

Double Arch (Arches National Park)

Demo: Under Painting
Double Arch (Arches National Park)

Demo with 2 Brushes

The technique uses 2 brushes to soften edges:
  • Brush No. 1 (Loaded with Pigment), apply to the area
  • Brush No. 2 (Clean Brush without Pigment) pull the pigment away from the edge with the clean brush while it is still wet

Close up of the demo

Stacy's finished example

El Capitan (Yosemite National Park)

Neutralized Greens

Instructor Example

Color Study of Greens

Instructor Example