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Interpret a Classical Landscape with Michał Jasiewicz

Join professional artist Michał Jasiewicz live from his studio in Poland. Filmed live on 29th Sept '20.

In this short exercise, Michał will show us how to interpret a classical landscape scene with rural architecture elements in a quick manner. The reference photo shows a typical Carpathian setting in late summer. He will demonstrate how you can simplify complex forms and use different types of brushwork to depict natural and artificial landmarks.

Watch the Arty Class:

See Reference picture and recommended materials below

Recommended Materials:

(This is just a guide)

• Paper: I strongly recommend using good quality cotton papers. I work on Fabriano Artistico. Arches and Waterford could be good a choice as well.

• Format: from 38x28cm to 50x30cm.

• Watercolour paints (this is my usual working set; you can perfectly use other colours you are familiar with. In most cases I don’t really care about a specific brand, or colour name):

cobalt blue, ultramarine, Payne’s grey, cobalt teal or turquoise, lavender raw sienna, burnt sienna or iron oxide, magenta, light red, light green or yellow green cadmium, yellow deep and light (or any other light and deep shade of yellow). Some opaques: titanium white, Jaune Brilliant (Holbein).

As you see, this is a very classic set. All we need is some blues from light to dark, two or three reds and yellows (cold and warm shades) + any other colour depending on your choice.

• Brushes: All we need in this small exercise are two synthetic rounds with an extra-sharp point – small and medium size (Escoda perla or any other made by Toray will be a good choice), two squirrel mops – small and medium size, and a medium-sized flat brush, preferably natural.

(Recently I have been using some Chinese brushes but you can perfectly cope without them)

• Any kind of atomizer.

• Painting knife and some tissues.


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