Learn Watercolor Silhouettes with Sunrise Landscape

Silhouettes are easy and beautiful.

Watercolor silhouettes are one of the easiest ways to get a recognizable subject and beautiful colors. Whether you want a landscape, wildlife or your grand kids, just trace the outline and follow the steps for a beautiful silhouette. (The image below is the second demonstration in the video.)

In this lesson, I show the same scene, done two ways.

This is the original photo we start with.
In the first demo, you'll see common red, yellow and blue colors mixed to paint a silhouette in layers of color. I added a big tree to the foreground and kept it more yellow. The results were okay.
In the second part demo (pictured above), I used purple, orange and yellow to paint the landscape, and added an elk. For that one I used a newer brand of paint - Qor. Mixing and painting was a lot easier.
In the video, I masked the outline of the elk and it worked well, but you could just paint the elk on top without the masking.
Or paint yourself and your spouse against a beautiful vacation sunset, for that special spot in your house.
Silhouettes are easy, if you know the steps.

Your Instructor

Deb Watson
Deb Watson

Hi, I'm Deb Watson - a self taught artist and long time watercolor teacher

My story is simple.

I loved drawing from childhood, but was discouraged from art as a waste of time. So, I became a nurse, worked at a lot of hospitals and raised a family. But I kept painting.

Over time, I became better at the realism I loved, and just kept working toward improving through painting and self-study. I've always enjoyed painting scenes from my life and small town community (which I call my Small Town America series).

My paintings are not usually famous or majestic subjects, often they're just everyday stuff I see around. But I see so much beauty there, and show it to the rest of the world by painting it.

Now, my watercolors have been in exhibits and won awards across the nation. Yet, it's when my art connects me to other people that it's really done what I wanted, and teaching certainly does that!

Happy Painting.

Course Curriculum

  How to Paint Silhouettes in Watercolor
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