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Workshop: Exploring Bodies of Water

Join Randy Hale for a 2hrs+ Exclusive Workshop in the first of a series of workshops exploring "painting bodies of water" as painting water effectively can often prove to be a problem for painters. This was filmed live on 24th Sept '20.

Randy has had the good fortune of encouraging and promoting design throughout his storied career. A natural-born teacher, Randy is a seasoned watercolour workshop instructor. His energy and enthusiasm come from sharing the many aspects of what should go into making a good painting. His rallying cry of “less is more” entreats painters to simplify, suggest, or imply – letting water do the work to avoid over-complication.

The first painting Randy plans to do in class is inspired by two previous paintings below. He's included a value study drawing to show the intended layout for his demo’s composition.

The graphite value study is very loose - Randy doesn't want painters getting trapped by doing a drawing that's too tight or involved. This is just a guide to help you understand how the painting will evolve, while giving them a bit of guidance.

See Reference pictures and recommended materials below

You can watch the video of the live session by clicking the unlocked video below. If you are a member of our Patreon community at the applicable level, message us and we will unlock it for you. Alternatively, you can unlock it by purchasing it on the artists shop here:

Workshop Video (unlock via Patreon or purchase here)

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These two paintings also suggest directions with colour palette choices and importance of value contrasts vs softer edged shapes.

If we have time, Randy has included a second reference photo of the Oregon Coast below, which we may have time to paint. There's also a loose graphite value study sketch for this composition as well.

Lastly, please see below a brief supply list for participants - kept simple. Randy wants to avoid getting too complicated with supplies or materials.


Materials required:

Watercolour paper – 140# (300 g/m), cold press, 11”x15” (28 cm x 36 cm)

Board - lightweight rigid surface; clip / tape paper onto. Slightly larger than the paper.

Brushes – a wider “flat,” a medium-size “round,” and a “rigger.” Synthetic/natural mix

Water container

Spray bottle – small size for fine misting

Paint palette – with mixing well and dedicated wells to squeeze pigments into. (Use better grade pigment brands to ensure quality mixing - student grade paints are mostly synthetic binder, very little true pigment)

Suggested pigment colours include warm & cool version of primaries + earthtones.

  • Cool Yellow (cadmium light, lemon yellow) & Warm Yellow (gamboge, Indian yellow)

  • Raw Siena (or Yellow Ochre) & Raw Umber

  • Orange

  • Burnt Siena & Burnt Umber

  • Warm Red (Pyrol or Cadmium) & Cool Red (Alizarin)

  • Warm Violet, Cool Violet

  • Prussian Blue (a deep dark)

  • Ultramarine Blue & Cobalt Blue

  • Cerulean Blue & Turquoise Light

  • Sap Green (warm), Veridian (cool), Cad Green Light (light apple green)

Pencil (HB or softer), kneaded eraser


Paintings received:



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