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Venice Rain Painting Tutorial
Watercolor Painting Tutorial

by Jennifer Branch
YouTube Watercolor Painting Tutorial
Imagine sitting in a cozy cafe and sketching the rain dripping on the cobblestone streets and warm stucco houses of Venice, Italy. On your next rainy day, take yourself into this lovely scene. The rain makes all the streets sparkle in light. The ochres of the stuccos contrast with the gray of the streets. There's a lovely warm light under the umbrellas across the street.

This is a surprisingly easy little painting to do. Rough press paper is the only supply I wouldn't substitute another for. You need the texture to make that sparkle work!

Venice Rain Painting Tutorial Watercolor Painting tutorial

Painting Tutorial Level

Beginner
Intermediate

Skill Building

Architecture

Art Supplies

9" x 12"
Saunders Waterford Rough Press
Isabey Pointed Round Sable, no.14
Isabey Pointed Round Sable, no.8
Isabey Mop, no.6

Paints

(M. Graham transparent watercolors)

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

Painting Demonstration 1

Venice Rain Painting Tutorial Watercolor Painting Lesson 1

I begin in the central area of the painting. I want a lot more depth there, with the edges of the painting trailing away. I have a great mix going of quinacridone rust, cobalt blue, cobalt teal, cobalt violet and nickel azo yellow. I want the old stucco to be rich in layers.

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Venice Rain Painting Tutorial Reference Photo
Venice Rain Painting Tutorial Reference Photo

Painting Demonstration 2

Venice Rain Painting Tutorial Watercolor Painting Lesson 2

Look at those great warm reflections on the gray cobblestone! It's perfect for drawing the viewer into the painting with a golden path. The buildings framing the central focus will both be a warm orange color.

Painting Demonstration 3

Venice Rain Painting Tutorial Painting Tutorial 3

The street looks like a wonderful place to browse, even in the soft summer rain. I'm gradually adding detail, but not enough to draw attention from the central focus.

Artist's Tips

Rough press paper makes all the light reflections much easier. Let your brush just skim the top surface of the paper.

Painting Demonstration 4

Venice Rain Painting Tutorial Painting Tutorial 4

Notice how all the cobbled lines and reflections draw you deeper into the painting.

Doesn't it look different with the umbrellas painted red?

Painting Demonstration 5

Venice Rain Painting Tutorial Painting Tutorial 5

Adding the figures really makes a difference. The sense of scale and depth in the painting are suddenly visible.

Venice Rain Painting Tutorial Watercolor Painting demonstration

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Venice Rain Painting Tutorial Final Watercolor Painting!

I love the bright sparkle on a gray day in Venice. The warm lights of the cafe, the couples strolling with umbrellas and the cheerful red geraniums combine to make a very cozy painting.

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