Steve Griggs

Loose Watercolor Artist

Loose watercolor painting creates such moving and evocative art that people respond to it with quite a bit of emotion. It is a fun and powerful way to connect art and humanity. I don’t strive to paint static scenes, I seek to paint in a way that evokes feeling or memory in the viewer. One of the most satisfying aspects of my career as an artist has been sharing my love of loose watercolor painting with other artists, teaching my techniques, and encouraging those students to employ those strategies in their own art to find their artistic voice.

I’ve painted for most of my life. I learned standard watercolor techniques to paint realist paintings, but I felt a call to push the limits, experiment, and challenge traditional methods. Although I have firmly established my loose watercolor techniques, I continue to try new things, experiment, and push the boundaries, always finding new things to add to my painting style.

Traditional watercolor methods teach artists how to control watercolor paint, but I prefer not to try and control the paint. Watercolor is free spirited and when allowed to be free, the results can be beautiful, moving, and quite evocative. I like to think of it as becoming friends with the paint and, rather than trying to control it, learning to work with it to achieve lively and energetic paintings.

My video lessons begin with the basics of learning to see shapes rather than objects, understanding value and tone, and applying standard watercolor techniques. From there, the lessons build as we explore loose watercolor methods that you can apply to your own painting style. This is just the beginning! I’m open to suggestions for future loose watercolor painting videos.

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Paintings by Steve Griggs

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Introduction to Steve Griggs

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An introduction with Steven Griggs

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Reference Materials

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Free Videos

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Pour up a cup of coffee or adult beverage, sit back and relax as I demonstrate how to use the sketching techniques, paint delivery systems, and watercolor techniques to create a sketch painting in my sketchbook. This is a real-time sketch painting ...
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Color is a powerful tool for the artist. It can create emotion and drama in a painting. In this lesson I talk about the standard palette, warm or cool split compliment palettes, and mixing secondary or tertiary colors to access a full array of color ...

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Steven Griggs Watercolor

painting by Steve Griggs

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Videos Added in the Past Three Months

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Join Steve for this ‘Paint Along’ class, where he will construct a painting from start to finish during each class, while you paint along with him. Steve will take you through the process step-by-step. He will demonstrate how he moves through the ...
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Join Steve for this ‘Paint Along’ class, where he will construct a painting from start to finish during each class, while you paint along with him. Steve will take you through the process step-by-step. He will demonstrate how he moves through the ...
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Join Steve for this ‘Paint Along’ class, where he will construct a painting from start to finish during each class, while you paint along with him. Steve will take you through the process step-by-step. He will demonstrate how he moves through the ...
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Join Steve for this ‘Paint Along’ class, where he will construct a painting from start to finish during each class, while you paint along with him. Steve will take you through the process step-by-step. He will demonstrate how he moves through the ...
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This is the first in a series of videos about ways to create unity in a painting. In this video I discuss two concepts that, while on the surface are quite opposite, work together to create unity: Harmony and Contrast. Harmony is the effect that is ...
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This video continues our examination of the use of harmony and contrast to create unity in a painting. Harmony is the effect that is created when like elements come together, such as color. While harmony is satisfying it can be rather static. ...
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There is a direct link between language, ideas, and painting. Sometimes we want to convey a specific idea or feeling in a painting and we need to plan in advance the various elements to achieve our outcome. One easy way to do that is to use words as ...
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Now that autumn has arrived, let’s paint some trees! This video explores how to paint trees using watercolor techniques such as wet on dry and wet on wet, dry brush strokes, and dappling. You’ll learn how to create different effects with a variety of ...
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In this continuation of Terrific Trees!, I demonstrate how to create different effects when painting trees. In particular I focus on dappling in and staccato strokes with a beautiful autumn palette to create inviting fall foliage.
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This is the third in a series of videos where we are exploring ways to combine harmony and contrast. In Part One, we looked at using abstract shapes over harmonious backgrounds. In Part Two, we looked at contrasting value and color. In Part Three we ...

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COMING SOON:

  • Analyzing a scene to determine essential shapes
  • Understanding the relationship between value and color
  • Utilizing an ‘outside-in’ or ‘inside-out’ painting strategy
  • Using color to enhance human figures in your painting

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March 5, 12, 19, 26
5:00-6:30 Mountain Time
7:00-8:30 Eastern Time

Paint Along with Steve:

Tuscany

Join Steve for this ‘Paint Along’ class, where he will construct a painting from start to finish during each class, while you paint along with him. Steve will take you through the process step-by-step. He will demonstrate how he moves through the steps to create a loose, moving, and evocative painting. Plan to have fun, try some new painting techniques, and see what you can do when you paint with a loose watercolor style!

This class is for watercolor artists at any level who are ambitious and up for a fun challenge! Reference photos are sent a day in advance and the class is recorded.

Price: Active Subscribers $112.50 Non-subscribers $125
Date: All four sessions included
March 5, 12, 19, 26
5:00-6:30 Mountain Time
7:00-8:30 Eastern Tim
Access: One month access to archived video after the event
Indefinite access to archived video for subscribers with a currently active account
IF YOU HAVE AN EPIPHANY LOGIN YOU MUST LOGIN BEFORE PURCHASING A DEMO
Steve Griggs watercolor painting

CLASS ACCESS: A link to the live Zoom class will be emailed to all subscribers on the first day of the class. NOTE: the link will also be included on the receipt for registration

A recording of the four classes will be available for one month to non subscribers and indefinitely for members with a currently active subscription.
VIEW THE RECORDING: the archived class videos will be located in the Archived Demos section of Steve’s page on Epiphany Fine Art

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May 7, 14, 21, 28
5:00-6:30 Mountain Time
7:00-8:30 Eastern Time

Paint Along with Steve:

Colorado

Join Steve for this 'Paint Along' class, where he will construct a painting from start to finish during each class, while you paint along with him. Steve will take you through the process step-by-step. He will demonstrate how he moves through the steps to create a loose, moving, and evocative painting. Plan to have fun, try some new painting techniques, and see what you can do when you paint with a loose watercolor style!

This class is for watercolor artists at any level who are ambitious and up for a fun challenge! Reference photos are sent a day in advance and the class is recorded.

Price: Active Subscribers $112.50 Non-subscribers $125
Date: All four sessions included
May 7, 14, 21, 28
5:00-6:30 Mountain Time
7:00-8:30 Eastern Time
Access: One month access to archived video after the event
Indefinite access to archived video for subscribers with a currently active account
IF YOU HAVE AN EPIPHANY LOGIN YOU MUST LOGIN BEFORE PURCHASING A DEMO
Steve Griggs watercolor painting

CLASS ACCESS: A link to the live Zoom class will be emailed to all subscribers on the first day of the class. NOTE: the link will also be included on the receipt for registration

A recording of the four classes will be available for one month to non subscribers and indefinitely for members with a currently active subscription.
VIEW THE RECORDING: the archived class videos will be located in the Archived Demos section of Steve's page on Epiphany Fine Art

STEVE GRIGGS - WATERCOLOR

September 3, 10, 17, 24
5:00-6:30 Mountain Time
7:00-8:30 Eastern Time

Paint Along with Steve:

Autumn Landscapes

Join Steve for this 'Paint Along' class, where he will construct a painting from start to finish during each class, while you paint along with him. Steve will take you through the process step-by-step. He will demonstrate how he moves through the steps to create a loose, moving, and evocative painting. Plan to have fun, try some new painting techniques, and see what you can do when you paint with a loose watercolor style!

This class is for watercolor artists at any level who are ambitious and up for a fun challenge! Reference photos are sent a day in advance and the class is recorded.

Price: Active Subscribers $112.50 Non-subscribers $125
Date: All four sessions included
September 3, 10, 17, 24
5:00-6:30 Mountain Time
7:00-8:30 Eastern Time
Access: One month access to archived video after the event
Indefinite access to archived video for subscribers with a currently active account
IF YOU HAVE AN EPIPHANY LOGIN YOU MUST LOGIN BEFORE PURCHASING A DEMO
Steve Griggs watercolor demo

CLASS ACCESS: A link to the live Zoom class will be emailed to all subscribers on the first day of the class. NOTE: the link will also be included on the receipt for registration

A recording of the four classes will be available for one month to non subscribers and indefinitely for members with a currently active subscription.
VIEW THE RECORDING: the archived class videos will be located in the Archived Demos section of Steve's page on Epiphany Fine Art

STEVE GRIGGS - WATERCOLOR

November 5, 12, 19, 26
5:00-6:30 Mountain Time
7:00-8:30 Eastern Time

Paint Along with Steve:

Holiday

Join Steve for this 'Paint Along' class, where he will construct a painting from start to finish during each class, while you paint along with him. Steve will take you through the process step-by-step. He will demonstrate how he moves through the steps to create a loose, moving, and evocative painting. Plan to have fun, try some new painting techniques, and see what you can do when you paint with a loose watercolor style!

This class is for watercolor artists at any level who are ambitious and up for a fun challenge! Reference photos are sent a day in advance and the class is recorded.

Price: Active Subscribers $112.50 Non-subscribers $125
Date: All four sessions included
November 5, 12, 19, 26
5:00-6:30 Mountain Time
7:00-8:30 Eastern Time
Access: One month access to archived video after the event
Indefinite access to archived video for subscribers with a currently active account
IF YOU HAVE AN EPIPHANY LOGIN YOU MUST LOGIN BEFORE PURCHASING A DEMO
Steve Griggs watercolor demo

CLASS ACCESS: A link to the live Zoom class will be emailed to all subscribers on the first day of the class. NOTE: the link will also be included on the receipt for registration

A recording of the four classes will be available for one month to non subscribers and indefinitely for members with a currently active subscription.
VIEW THE RECORDING: the archived class videos will be located in the Archived Demos section of Steve's page on Epiphany Fine Art

Archived Demos

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Join Steve for this ‘Paint Along’ class, where he will construct a painting from start to finish during each class, while you paint along with him. Steve will take you through the process step-by-step. He will demonstrate how he moves through the ...
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Join Steve for this ‘Paint Along’ class, where he will construct a painting from start to finish during each class, while you paint along with him. Steve will take you through the process step-by-step. He will demonstrate how he moves through the ...
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Join Steve for this ‘Paint Along’ class, where he will construct a painting from start to finish during each class, while you paint along with him. Steve will take you through the process step-by-step. He will demonstrate how he moves through the ...
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Join Steve for this ‘Paint Along’ class, where he will construct a painting from start to finish during each class, while you paint along with him. Steve will take you through the process step-by-step. He will demonstrate how he moves through the ...
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Watch as Steve paints a mountain landscape, using hard edges to emphasize subject shapes and soft edges to de-emphasize supporting shapes, The combination of near and far shapes work together to create drama and atmospheric effect. Paint along with ...
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Join us for a free one-hour loose watercolor painting with Steve Griggs. With fun and humor, Steve demonstrates his unique style of loose, moving, and evocative watercolor painting. Taking ‘loose’ to a new level, Steve uses bold lines, shapes, and ...

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Fundamentals of Loose Watercolor Painting

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Let’s start by discussing the materials I recommend for loose watercolor painting, including sketchbooks, paper, brushes, paint, and palettes.
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Loose watercolor painting techniques are a little different from traditional watercolor painting techniques. In this video I demonstrate and explain five loose watercolor painting techniques I call ‘Paint Delivery Systems.’
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How does a writer add drama and action to their storytelling? One way is by using verbs. Similarly, I use specific watercolor techniques to add action and drama to my paintings. I call these techniques the ‘verbs’ of loose watercolor painting. In ...
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In this video I show you how to paint a simple landscape, using the paint delivery systems and watercolor techniques discussed in the previous videos. I invite you to either watch and paint along or watch first and then paint your version. Or both!
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This is an exercise I created to ‘warm up’ before starting to paint. It is a fun and creative way to explore shapes that emerge when I paint freely and without intention. There is no end to the number of times you can do this exercise. I often use it ...
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Part of the magic of loose watercolor painting is that energy and emotion are created organically. Nothing on the page is static. The way to achieve that energy and emotion is to plan out all the painting details in advance of putting any paint on ...
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Motif development allows for a richer inventory of ideas in order to develop a painting. In this video I expand on the use of sketchbooks and detail, through an actual case study, how I use my sketchbooks to explore motifs.
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There are a variety of sketching techniques that will help as you develop your sketchbook ideas. This video explores some of those techniques.
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Pour up a cup of coffee or adult beverage, sit back and relax as I demonstrate how to use the sketching techniques, paint delivery systems, and watercolor techniques to create a sketch painting in my sketchbook. This is a real-time sketch painting ...

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Understanding your materials and how they work together is essential to loose watercolor painting. Watercolor paint has a mind of its own. Creating paintings that have movement and emotion means forfeiting a certain amount of control. By understanding your materials and how those relate to painting methods, you can balance the tension between control and letting go. The videos in this section will help you understand how to marry your materials with your ideas, utilizing loose watercolor painting techniques that allow you to let go and paint freely, while at the same time maintaining the control you need to accomplish what you intend. It isn’t always easy, but I encourage you to keep working with the materials and techniques to discover your loose style!

Steven Griggs watercolor painting
Steven Griggs watercolor painting
Steven Griggs watercolor painting

Paintings by Steve Griggs

Understanding Shape

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Balancing positive and negatives shapes allows for greater balance, depth, and movement in paintings. In these paint-along videos I demonstrate how to transform a static photographic reference into a lively and interesting painting by integrating ...
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Balancing positive and negatives shapes allows for greater balance, depth, and movement in paintings. In these paint-along videos I demonstrate how to transform a static photographic reference into a lively and interesting painting by integrating ...
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Balancing positive and negatives shapes allows for greater balance, depth, and movement in paintings. In these paint-along videos I demonstrate how to transform a static photographic reference into a lively and interesting painting by integrating ...
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Fundamental to every painting is the idea of shape. In this video we will look at strategies for understanding simple shapes, breaking them down, and integrating them to create a painting.
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By viewing source material through the lens of shape, you can simplify a scene before painting. Use this video to learn my method for seeing shape and then apply it to your sketches while planning a painting.
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Let’s practice looking for shapes by applying the ‘Method for Seeing Shapes’ to photographs.
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Looking at source material, it is time to practice seeing simple shapes and developing them in your sketchbooks.
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In keeping with the idea that all painting can be broken down into shapes, let’s look at the human form as a shape! In this video I will show you how to paint human figures to proportion and scale. I will also show you techniques for adding movement ...
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Now that we’ve looked at how to paint people, add movement, and personality, it is time to practice putting them in situations such as city streets or landscapes. Adding people to paintings is a great way to draw the viewer into the scene to connect ...

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The great watercolor painter, Edgar Whitney, said we are collectors of shapes. Shape is the most fundamental dimension of any painting. Being able look at a scene and see shapes rather than ‘things’ is ultimately the most important way an artist thinks. The goal is to look at a scene as an artist, not as a copyist. When we develop the ability to see shapes instead of things, it frees us up to make decisions about how to use and integrate shapes in an artistic way. Those decisions give us an interesting way to tell a compelling story through loose watercolor painting.

Steven Griggs watercolor painting

Painting by Steve Griggs

Organizing the Page

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The first decision every artist makes is what format to use for the painting. There are three fundamental formats: portrait, landscape, elongated, square, as well as two variants: elongated landscape and elongated portrait. How do you decide which ...
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Composition fits into how we use or organize the page. Much like the artist uses different types of prose or poetry to tell a story, the painter uses composition to determine how best to tell their story.

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Just as a writer uses various styles of poetry and prose to tell an effective story, the painter must also determine how to tell a story and keep the viewer interested. The way to do this is by intentionally organizing the page so that you communicate effectively and draw the viewer into the story. Once you know what format and composition you plan to use, you can move forward with applying your loose watercolor painting techniques.

Steven Griggs watercolor painting

Painting by Steve Griggs

Painting Dynamics

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There is a direct link between language, ideas, and painting. Sometimes we want to convey a specific idea or feeling in a painting and we need to plan in advance the various elements to achieve our outcome. One easy way to do that is to use words as ...
1 views
Now that autumn has arrived, let’s paint some trees! This video explores how to paint trees using watercolor techniques such as wet on dry and wet on wet, dry brush strokes, and dappling. You’ll learn how to create different effects with a variety of ...
2 views
In this continuation of Terrific Trees!, I demonstrate how to create different effects when painting trees. In particular I focus on dappling in and staccato strokes with a beautiful autumn palette to create inviting fall foliage.
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In this video we will explore how to create passages in a painting. Passages are patterns of light, dark, or color that lead the eye through a painting and give us a visual journey, which most often leads to the center of interest.
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In the previous video we will explored how to create passages in a painting through a series of sketches. Passages are patterns of light, dark, or color that lead the eye through a painting and give us a visual journey, which most often leads to the ...
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This is a demonstration of how I use continuous line drawing as source material for a sketch painting. While photographs make good source material, they are often so dominate that it is hard to break away from trying to re-create them. If you have ...
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An existing painting can serve as inspiration for other, similar paintings with an entirely different feel or story. In this video I show how to use an existing painting as a reference and then ask the question, “What can I do differently?” Trying ...
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A sketchbook is a great way to capture a scene when you don’t have a camera with you or you just want to sketch instead. Iterative sketching uses sketchbook images as source material in order to harvest ideas and create a painting. This is a process ...
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Color is a powerful tool for the artist. It can create emotion and drama in a painting. In this lesson I talk about the standard palette, warm or cool split compliment palettes, and mixing secondary or tertiary colors to access a full array of color ...
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Using non-traditional watercolor techniques and application tools, you can create interesting and energetic paintings. In this video I explore how palette knives create controlled, sharp edges, and mixing color on the paper, rather than on the ...
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Transitions are important dynamics that give breadth and life to paintings. In this video we look at different types of transitions and how they can be employed to create a visually stimulating experience for the viewer
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In this video I demonstrate how to use the dynamic transitions I discussed in Part One
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Using the methods of reducing a scene into simple shapes and assigning comparative values to those shapes (discussed in previous lessons) we have the foundation for creating a painting from source material. By rearranging values, we can step away ...
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Using the methods of reducing a scene into simple shapes and assigning comparative values to those shapes (discussed in previous lessons) we have the foundation for creating a painting from source material. By rearranging values, we can step away ...

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Steven Griggs watercolor painting

Painting by Steve Griggs

Developing Dynamic Paintings from Photo References

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For an artist to create an artistic painting, rather than simply replicating a photograph, they must first identify the shape they want to emphasize and then determine how to make it the focal point. This sketch exercise shows you how to isolate the ...
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For an artist to create an artistic painting, rather than simply replicating a photograph, they must first identify the shape they want to emphasize and then determine how to make it the focal point. This sketch exercise shows you how to isolate the ...

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Steven Griggs watercolor painting

Painting by Steve Griggs

Creating a Painting

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Paint along with me as we complete a waterscape from start to finish!
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Paint along with me as we complete a landscape from start to finish!
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Paint along with me as we complete a cityscape from start to finish!

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In each of these ‘Paint Along’ videos, you are invited to paint with me as I apply the lessons of fundamentals, shape, and organizing the page, to complete a finished painting.

Steven Griggs watercolor painting

Painting by Steve Griggs

Unity Within a Painting

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This is the first in a series of videos about ways to create unity in a painting. In this video I discuss two concepts that, while on the surface are quite opposite, work together to create unity: Harmony and Contrast. Harmony is the effect that is ...
1 views
This video continues our examination of the use of harmony and contrast to create unity in a painting. Harmony is the effect that is created when like elements come together, such as color. While harmony is satisfying it can be rather static. ...
1 views
This is the third in a series of videos where we are exploring ways to combine harmony and contrast. In Part One, we looked at using abstract shapes over harmonious backgrounds. In Part Two, we looked at contrasting value and color. In Part Three we ...

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Steve Griggs watercolor painting

Painting by Steve Griggs

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