How to paint a realistic glass vase of water, in watercolor with Anna Mason
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How to paint a realistic glass vase of water, in watercolor with Anna Mason


Hi it’s Anna Mason, and in this watercolour
tip video I wanted so show you how I painted this vase with its water and stems by breaking
it down into a series of shapes of colour. I worked from a photo which captured a perfect
snapshot of how light fell on the vase. It was really important to get the drawing
right. I’ve used my pencil lightly and I’ve marked
out ALL of the shapes which have hard line edges to them, so that’s the large shapes
at the edges, the line around the surface of the water and all of the narrow curved
lines at the bottom and the top of the vase. It’s really important that we get those very
small shapes in JUST the right places because they inform us of the way the light was falling
on the glass and being refracted, which is what gives it it’s curved appearance. I began painting, as I always do, by working
on the lightest tone areas within the vase – the greys to the surface of the water and
in the edge of the shadow as it transitions into the white background. I mixed a super watery light grey and applied
this colour into ALL the grey areas – even those that will need to be much darker. With that dry, I mixed a slightly less watery,
darker grey mix and applied it to the next darkest grey shapes within the vase – this
allows me to start to make sense of my drawing and see which areas should have colour, and
which should be left without paint. Next, I painted in the shapes of a greyish
green colour with another pale watery mix, this time adding a touch of some yellow paint
into my grey mix. All the time I’m using one of my smallest
brushes because the shapes of colour are so small and I want to remain within the my pencil
lines. Next I mapped out the very vibrant greens
in the stems by using a watery version of that colour – using plenty of yellow in my
mix. Because it IS so pale, I can apply it into
all of the green areas – even the parts what will need to be a darker green, changing the
mix to contain less yellow as I’m working into some much darker areas so that it is
easier to see what colours should go where. With all the lightest colours in place, I
could switch my attention to the darkest colours, beginning with the very darkest greys which
I placed carefully, again with a small brush. I watered the mix down a little to work into
those areas just a little lighter – always paying really close attention to the reference
photo to make sure I was painting the right shapes of colour in the right places. Next I worked on the darkest greens in the
green stems, followed by the darker midtones, then the mid midtones… Layering up the paint wherever I saw needed
darkening further with this mix. Then, with those midtones painted it was easier
to judge which other areas should be darker and I went into the tonal adjustment phase
of the painting, really comparing my painting to the reference photo and looking for any
areas to darken with another layer of the right colour mix. This is also the stage I add a further level
of detail as I really hone in and see the very smallest shapes of colour and look to
get them in the right place. Spending the time on getting the vase looking
right can really add the wow factor to a bigger painting of flowers like this one I did. A full video class of this vase is available
now in my online School. If you’ve enjoyed this video, please subscribe
to my YouTube channel and I’d love it if you’d share it with your friends. And if you’d like to take one of my tried
and tested video classes FOR FREE, hop on over to AnnaMasonArt.com where you’ll find
even more resources to help you pick up your brush and paint the way you’ve always wanted
to. Remember, you won’t improve your painting
unless you MAKE the time to paint. So be sure to schedule in some me-time this
week and paint something just for YOU. Thanks so much for watching and I’ll see you
soon to help you create watercolours with “wow”.

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9 thoughts on “How to paint a realistic glass vase of water, in watercolor with Anna Mason

  1. Very good tutorial, useful gallery and information for art lovers! Greetings from little boys artists from Romania

  2. Very wonderful tutorial,I like the way how you teach.The video is very helpful and thanks for the beautiful glass painting.

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