Painting the Winter Landscape in Watercolor (Online)
Instructor: Robert O’Brien
Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11, 2023
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
SVAC Member: $99; Non-Member: $125
Ages 16+ 

Join award-winning watercolorist Robert O’Brien, AWS, NWS, via Zoom to explore the winter landscape – from the warmth of your home. After a few years of virtual classes, we recognize real benefits in some cases: watercolor demos are easier to see using an online camera than when crowded around a studio table. 

This is a two-session workshop, best for those with some watercolor experience. Returning students are welcome (instruction is individualized). Robert will demonstrate on the first day,  introducing glazing and layering techniques for the subtle tints of snow. He will emphasize value, composition and painting light and shadow, explaining every step of his painting process. Students will paint on the second day; Robert will provide guidance and a critique at the end of the session. 

Robert will email students the demo image. A list of suggested materials is below.

A block of good quality watercolor paper – I recommend Arches 140 lb. cold pressed, 9 x 12in, 10 x 14in, 11 x 14in or 12 x 16in

Brushes: A blend or natural bristle brush. There are however, some good quality blend and synthetic brushes such as the W&N Sceptre Gold and the Escoda Versatil series.
# 6 round
# 8 round
# 10 round
# 12 round
1 inch flat
½ or ¼ in. flat (optional)
1 ½ in. flat

Paints: some suggested colors, Winsor & Newton or any Professional Artists Grade paint
* colors I use more frequently
Cadmium Red and/or Scarlet Lake
Quinacridone Rose *
Quinacridone Violet
Green Gold
Shadow Green (Holbein) or Perylene Green *
Sap Green *
French Ultramarine Blue *
Indanthrene Blue *
Cerulean Blue (M.Graham) *
Cobalt Blue
Cadmium Yellow
New Gamboge *
Lemon Yellow
Yellow Ochre
Naples Yellow
Brilliant Orange (Holbein) *
Burnt Sienna
Burnt Umber
Sepia *
Neutral Tint or Paynes Gray *
Dioxazine Purple *

Palette – 12”x16” – John Pike or any other brand w/ cover and a large mixing area

Other suggested items: sketchbook, a grayscale value chart, spray bottle, water container,
paper towels or sponge, hairdryer, an H pencil, eraser, ruler, masking fluid.

For more about Robert O’Brien, visit his website:

February 10 at 9:30 am
9:30 am — 12:30 pm (3h)