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Breaking waves with Barry Herniman

With your host John


Join watercolour artist Barry Herniman for this fun 1 hour Art Class webinar for an introduction to painting the exciting, fluid colours of the sea. * Details below * Broadcast live from England on 22 February 2022.


**See Reference photo and recommended materials below**


In this prelude to his full, 2-3 hour workshop webinar follow along with Barry as he paints the lovely, vibrant colours of a rolling sea. He will guide you through this introductory painting in bite sized chunks so that you can get to grips with the way he puts paint to paper. All the colours you will be using are transparent or semi transparent which means you can glaze successive colours over each other and develop dark and luminous sections without MUD!

Preparation: Please have your paper taped down onto your board and your preliminary drawing done ready for the start of the session.

Useful links:

Ref painting

Reference Sketch

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• PAPER: Tape a piece of watercolour paper , approx 6 x 7 ins, to a board or stiff card.

Surface: I will be using ROUGH but NOT or Cold Pressed will also work well as there is a lot of texture in this scene. At this stage it would be a good idea to have a slightly larger piece of paper to work on as there would then be room to try out your colour mixes beforehand if you so wish.

• PAINTS: Barry recommends you use Artists quality watercolours as we will be wanting maximum transparency in our colours and the cheaper brands’ add binders and fillers to keep prices low .

Barry uses Schmincke Horadam Artists Watercolours.

Pure yellow/Aureolin/Lemon yellow

Indian Yellow

Rose madder


Madder brown/ Burnt sienna

Cobalt turquoise/ Manganese blue/ Cerulean blue

Cobalt blue


Helio turquoise/ Phthalo blue/ Prussian blue

Manganese violet/ cobalt violet

GOUACHE : Titanium white

• BRUSHES: Nos. 8 & 4 rounds Nos 4 /2 Rigger

• OTHER: Spray Diffuser bottle with water, 2B pencil, Palette : with some deep wells for watercolour mixes, paper tissues, hair dryer


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