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HOW TO: painting essentials edition

April 18th, 2019

Painting with watercolours
Image courtesy of the AGO.

Whether it’s a still lake, a reflective pool or a rushing river, it’s easy to be inspired by the ever-changing nature of water. And no matter the level of your artistic skill, picking up the brush to capture the wonder of water can be intimidating. Have no fear, we’re here to help. To you get started, we asked long-time AGO painting instructor and Toronto-based artist Lauren Renzetti to show us how to paint the ocean – in just 60 seconds!

In the video below, she outlines some key steps to capture a painterly impression of the ocean’s waves, like blocking the composition into different areas, adding cool hues before warmer tones and finishing with shadows. Check it out below:

Inspired to learn more about painting? Check out our wide array of AGO courses. And there’s still time to register for courses like Giant Painting and Introduction to Everything, which explores artmaking of all kinds, including printmaking, painting and more!

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