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Workshop: Add Crowds to Paintings

Join professional artist Randy Hale from Colorado to paint a scene from Sienna, Italy while exploring how you can add energy and movement to your landscape by adding people. This was filmed live on 17th November 2020.

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In this exciting 2-3 hour workshop, Randy will help you

**See workshop reference pictures and recommended materials below**

Don’t let your landscapes become static – add some energy and movement. Simply drop in crowds or groupings of people!

That missing element of activity can be easily handled by populating your painting - as we will explore together in this workshop while painting a scene form Sienna, Italy. Don’t be too careful or literal, those crowds you see across a plaza aren’t going to be your centre of interest, so handle them loosely, and only “suggest”. They are there to provide context.

Simple indications will do the trick. Let dark shadows bump up against lighter shapes suggesting the sparkle of light falling across heads and shoulders. When you look across the way at a crowd, the people you see will overlap. Some will be closer to you, some will be farther away. Inevitably their shapes will merge and blend - one into another.

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Line Drawing:

Value Study:


Materials required:

Watercolour paper – 140# (300 gsm), or 300# (640 gsm) 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 colors 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 erase


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