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Fire in the Fireplace
Watercolor Sketching Tutorial

by Jennifer Branch
Fire in the Fireplace Watercolor Painting tutorial

Sketching Tutorial Level


Skill Building

Strong Darks

Art Supplies

Blick Art Full Bellied Round, no.12


(M. Graham transparent watercolors)

Azo Yellow
Cadmium Yellow
Quinacridone Red
Maroon Perylene
Cadmium Red
Quinacridone Gold
Ultramarine Blue
Burnt Sienna

Painting Demonstration 1

Fire in the Fireplace Watercolor Painting Lesson 1

A cold evening and a warm fire. Perfect for a little sketching! Here’s a watercolor tutorial on sketching a fire!

Painting Demonstration 2

Fire in the Fireplace Watercolor Painting Lesson 2

First, a value study. Remember, this should just take a minute or two, tops. I’m just taking notes – in case my husband puts another log on the fire! (This one got a bit of paint dropped on the left by accident.)

Painting Demonstration 3

Fire in the Fireplace Painting Tutorial 3

I’m trying out a new brush – squirrel round #12 Blick Master. Very nice point and lovely water retention, sheds a bit, but this is the first painting. I’ll let you know!

Artist's Tips

Blur edges to give the impression of movement.

Painting Demonstration 4

Fire in the Fireplace Painting Tutorial 4

Midtones are in and hints at darks. Always start with a few strong darks.

And there’s my blazing fireplace in watercolor. It just looks warm and cozy, doesn’t it?

Yes, another layer and this could be a finished watercolor painting.

But this is not supposed to be a finished painting. This is a sketch, so I’m leaving it here and I’m going back to my hot chocolate! I hope you enjoyed this watercolor tutorial of a fire in my fireplace!

Fire in the Fireplace Watercolor Painting tutorial

Final Watercolor Sketch!

Happy Painting! Jennifer Branch

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