Lighthouse in Watercolor

How to paint a smooth sky in Watercolor

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Hi Everyone,

Thank you so much for joining my online school!

My name is Maria and I have a YouTube Channel where I share short painting tutorials but this Online Class and all other ones on Teachable are very different. Here I talk and talk and talk and share everything I know about watercolor painting.

My online classes are in FULL Version/Real Time with Voiceovers, some are with exercises, 1:1 painting with me as I talk you through the entire time!

In this "Lighthouse" class, I talk about basic things such as watercolor paints/colors/creating a palette; brushes; adding layers, creating contrast; lifting up; creating more vibrancy; creating a smooth sky effect; how to go about all these details when painting a lighthouse..

I talk about my reference photo and I explain how I choose colors, paper and how I am going to go about it.

This is a little more advanced painting because of a detailed pencil sketch. Having said that, you can always download my pencil sketches. One is lighter in case you would like to print it on your watercolor paper and one is darker for those of you that would like to trace it or use it as a reference.

The main thing about painting this lighthouse is the sky... This is the most fun part because once we have a pencil sketch ready, we are wetting the entire paper and we are painting the sky wet on wet!

For the details on a lighthouse all we need is patience and time💕🌸☺️

There's a FREE Class available - "Free watercolor tips" - don't forget to enroll :)

Thank you so much and have fun painting!


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Your Instructor

Maria Raczynska
Maria Raczynska

Hi Everyone, I’m a self taught artist based in Los Angeles CA. I did a little bit of drawing back in 2003 but I did not really start painting until 2011. What got me in 2011 was the idea of creating my own children’s books. I went to an art store and decided to buy supplies. I loved the idea of using paint and brushes.

I got my first set of Reeves and Cotman watercolor tubes. Now, why did I choose brushes and tubes over pencils or pastels...? Well I did grow up with a mother who’s an oil artist. I watched her paint through my entire childhood but I was never drawn to do it myself. Now when I look at my work and style I think some of the brush strokes and techniques have been captured in my mind from watching my mother but also the fact that she was using paint brushes and oils in tubes.

I never liked the smell of it and the mess I remember all over the floor and perhaps this is why I chose Watercolors because they are “cleaner”. I also liked the idea of “water” based medium and watercolor paper which makes it even more pure.

I didn’t have any experience. No professional training. I just started to sketch then using paint out of tubes. At first I’d use a lot of paint almost no water, I’d paint like I remember my mother painting with oils. Then I started adding water and realized that water makes it so much better.

I started practicing a lot and getting better as I was getting more feel of the paint and water. I do have to say that I started off with one of the best watercolor papers out there. While I was shopping I was looking for the smoothest watercolor paper I could find. I had no idea about the texture. I didn’t even want to think about the texture but today I absolutely love Rough, Cold Pressed and all the pounds that come with it :)

The only smooth paper I found was Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor paper Pad 9X12. I actually started with a more difficult paper to work with (without knowing it) because when you don’t have the texture you do have to work more on details. You can’t easily get away with small mistakes like painting on Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper that has a texture. I got better with my second children’s book. I published it on Amazon. Today when I look at it.. it’s such a huge difference between my art now and then. I’m very happy with what I have accomplished. I only did two books then some greeting cards. I got bored with it and didn’t have much motivation to continue painting.

In 2014 I lost my twin brother. This was the most tragic event that happened in my life. A month later I started going through my brother’s saved photo albums and was analyzing everything he did in his last days. I tried to understand every photo he had. Beautiful photos of forests, animals.. basically things you see me painting today, but his were more mysterious and sad. I started recreating these photos in my paintings with Watercolors. I pushed myself very hard and to use this medium on different “watercolor surfaces”. I started trying wooden panels with proper watercolor groundings, different textures like cold Pressed, Rough. This has become my healing therapy. Painting everyday and pouring my feelings onto the paper. One day a friend of mine saw my art and mentioned about having my own YouTube channel. I saw few painting videos and thought maybe I could try that one day. A year later Jan 2016 I did my first video on YouTube I didn’t get much traffic until August 2016. This is when my channel took off. I also started painting in a different way.

Today my art is completely different to when I first started.

Today I love Watercolors for their transparency and vibrancy of colors. I never thought Watercolors can be so colorful and looking so rich on a paper.

I taught myself how to paint and how to create these vibrant layers.

All the techniques that go with it. Now I share my videos 3 times a week on my YouTube Channel, Patreon. Pictures on my Instagram, website etc.

But Teachable has giving me a chance to create real online classes where I can share much more with you.

Here I talk you through the entire video where you could feel like you are sitting next to me. I invite you to be part of my watercolor class and find your own style of painting with Watercolors. Painting is a pleasure and should never be a struggle. I want you to enjoy it as much as I do.

Class Curriculum

  Intro to Painting a Lighthouse and Smooth Sky in Watercolor
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  Lighthouse - Reference Photo
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  Art Supplies
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  Close up Photos
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  Creating our color palette
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