How to paint a French Village scene - Watercolor Demonstration by Tim Wilmot #31

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A watercolour demonstration of painting a pretty French Village scene. This is Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines in Burgundy France, and based on a photo kindly sent in by one of my subscribers - Christian in Germany. Thanks very much Christian for the great photo and a wonderful watercolor subject.

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In this demo I will be covering...

1) Choice of Subject. What makes a good watercolor subject. How to simplify the scene. Why did I pick this photo?

2) Materials I use such as the paper. I will also cover the paints I use and the palette, plus how I hold the different brushes for different techniques.

3) Doing the outline sketch as the first step. How to draw figures and cars. Getting the perspective right.

4) Doing the sky and the first wash of the background and then the foreground.

5) Shadows and details of the figures and buildings.

6) Watch out for the highlighting tips.

More information on watercolour demos, lessons and recent paintings by Tim Wilmot can be found at:

If you would like to send me a photo for consideration for a future video, please email them to me at timothywilmot at gmail dot com. It must be your own photo and please give me the location. Thanks in advance!

The paper I use and recommend is Saunders Waterford. More information at:

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