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Italian Cafe Painting Tutorial
Watercolor Painting Tutorial

by Jennifer Branch
YouTube Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Stroll down this Italian street and paint this beautiful cafe in watercolor. Imagine a lovely day on vacation. After a fun day in the sun, you wander down to the water and have a drink watching the sunset. Then you come back up the hill to this little cafe for dinner at the end of the day.

It's a lovely mood to paint, isn't it? The town is Corneglia, in the Cinque Terre of Italy. And the painting is just a lot of fun!

Italian Cafe Painting Tutorial Watercolor Painting tutorial
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Painting Tutorial Level

Beginner

Intermediate

Skill Building

Architecture
Painting Loosely

Art Supplies

10" x 14"
Twinrocker Cold Press

Isabey Mop, no.6
Isabey Rigger, no.1
Isabey Pointed Round Sable, no.14
Isabey Pointed Round Sable, no.8

Paints

(M. Graham transparent watercolors)

Pyrrol Red
Nickel Azo Yellow
Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Viridian
Quinacridone Rust
White Gouache

Painting Demonstration 1

Italian Cafe Painting Tutorial Watercolor Painting Lesson 1

I begin with roughly blocking in where I want the big shapes. I'm not adding any details, just roughing in areas. I make sure I leave the umbrellas white.

Italian Cafe Painting Tutorial Reference Photo
Italian Cafe Painting Tutorial Reference Photo

Painting Demonstration 2

Italian Cafe Painting Tutorial Watercolor Painting Lesson 2

I begin with roughly blocking in where I want the big shapes. I'm not adding any details, just roughing in areas. I make sure I leave the umbrellas white.

Painting Demonstration 3

Italian Cafe Painting Tutorial Painting Tutorial 3

Time for some rich darks. The darks really make the colors bright and hot.


Artist's Tips

Don't add too much detail at the beginning.

Painting Demonstration 4

Italian Cafe Painting Tutorial Painting Tutorial 4

A few more darks in the green vegetation in the pots. Remember to vary the greens. Some will have more yellows, some more blues and some a hint of red. That will make this row much more interesting.


Painting Demonstration 5

Italian Cafe Painting Tutorial Painting Tutorial 5

I'm starting to put in a few details now. A few dashes for railings painted with a rigger. I delineate the top edge of the yellow curtains. And finally I get to paint the warm terracotta of the row of pots.



Painting Demonstration 6

Italian Cafe Painting Tutorial Watercolor Painting Tutorial 6

A bit more detail here. I scribble the "menu" and add a few trumpet vine flowers.

I'm adding detail to the people very gradually. I don't want specific people, just a feel of a couple going for a lovely evening out.

I finally get to add the umbrella shadows and highlights here. They really are the star of the painting, so I take my time. Golden sun shining through and leaf shadows dappling the canvas. Really interesting shadows here.


Painting Demonstration 7

Italian Cafe Painting Tutorial Watercolor Painting Tutorial 7

I add my first touches of white gouache at the very end. All I need is a little bit for the curtain line and the trumpet flowers.

Italian Cafe Painting Tutorial Watercolor Painting demonstration

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Italian Cafe Painting Tutorial Final Watercolor Painting!

So I had signed the painting and everything, but I realized it wasn't done yet!

I added some more shadows on the street to tone down the white and flatten it a bit. I also added some texture on the upper left hand building. It was just too smooth and dull there.

I'm really happy with how it turned out after those little changes.


I hope this inspires you to paint a street scene. They are always interesting to paint!



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