Steven Cronin: A Watercolor Painting Tutorial In The Lake District, Lake Buttermere

British watercolor artist Steven Cronin gives you another instalment of how to paint with confidence in watercolors. This time he chooses to paint a scene from Lake Buttermere in the Lake District. He is very specific with the tools he uses to compose his paintings and the kit used is as follows. The paper is 15″ x 11″ Fabriano watercolor paper. The brushes used are the large Ron Ranson hake and a number 3 rigger. My regular palette consists of 7 Cotman watercolors – Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Light Red, Ultramarine, Lemon Yellow, Payne’s Gray and Alizarin Crimson. I’m sure this video tutorial will not disappoint so grab your kit and paint along.

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    1. So sorry, I should have read further to find out what brush you use. I really hope I can find one and practice using it so that I can get as good as you. Of course, that will take me years. Thanks for posting these demos. I love them!!!

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    2. I bought my brush on eBay at a reasonable cost so that’s the first place I would look. Keep practising and you will suceed. A painting a day and you’ll be there sooner than you think. Thanks for watching and happy painting!

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    3. the no.1 problem generally seems to be too much water in the mix. Try using more paint and less water. I learned to paint trees watching Frank Clarke and his Simply Painting programme on DVD. Check him out at SimplyPainting . com

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    4. Hey. Soo I recently have had my heart broken, and i for some reason instinctivly ran to the art store this morning and got a set of water color paints. I never have painted before. I’ve grown so inspired by your work. Thank you for posting! i tried this one, it didn’t work out that well haha. This has opened a whole new perspective on color for me. I am a musician so the way i see and use colors is much different, but im stating to see they are really quite similar. Thank you again!!

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    5. Too depressing for my tastes but I still like it. And the watercolours are so easy to use… A bit of practice and it’s that easy. …Unlike oil ones. The brush technique is very similar to Bob Ross. But I tried making grass and it was either too detailed or too flat. Maybe I’ll figure something out… Now it’s time for pizza!

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    6. Very Nicely Done! I am learning a lot from your painting tutorials. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and skill. I’ve done one painting a long with you and posted it on my blog if you would like to take a look. It’s paintinganddrawingwithmaria.blogspot.com Please keep the tutorials coming. I don’t have a hake yet however, going to the store to get one very soon. I improvised in the mean time. Thanks again!Maria.

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    7. Hi Maria, sorry for the delay but your comment was marked as spam and I couldn’t see it. Thanks for your kind words. I had a look at your blog and saw the painting. You’ve done an excellent job. See how you get on with the hake when you get it. If you have any questions then don’t hesitate to ask. Happy painting!

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    8. i was looking for an Inspiration and i found you… im ready to paint. i do all my watercolor paintings on a Canvas.. not on watercolor paper… anyone else do that?i paint stilllife and animals.. havent tried landcapes yet. i might try now. 😀

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    9. I buy all my stuff from artdiscount dot co dot uk They sell everything and are cheaper than any of the shops I’ve ever been in. They’re based in Blackpool but if you order over 40 its free delivery and only takes a couple of days to arrive. I use Cotman watercolour tubes.

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    10. Thank you for sharing your talent to other people.. Especially to those people who loves paintings a lot, like me..I love your painting demos..I hope you won’t get tired of showing your demos..Because I won’t get tired of watching and learning it..Keep it up..

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    11. To be honest I’ve never tried painting on anything other than watercolour paper. I pay 30p a sheet for mine at artdiscount dot co dot uk That’s the cheapest decent paper I know of. Best of luck with your painting and thanks for watching.

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    12. I have made some videos with the camera directly in front of the paper. The problem is I have to work around the camera and tripod as they’re placed right in front of my chest. It is possible to paint this way but feels very restrictive so I went back to the angled position.

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    13. You must persevere with it and don’t be afraid of making mistakes. I try and paint at least one picture a day to keep improving. Frank Clarke and his Simply Painting show is a good one for beginners. That’s how I learned myself. Try watching him. Best of luck.

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    14. I really enjoy watching you do this painting ( about 5 or 6 times to date) as it just seems to flow so effortlessly from your brush. The mountains to the right of the painting blend beautifully into the distance. All in all a delightful picture plus,as usual, your comprehensive guidance to would be artists.

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    15. I use 15″ x 11″ Fabriano watercolour paper that weighs 130lb. Remember when painting wet on wet you need to compensate for the water on the paper by using less on the brush. More paint will also help. Thanks for watching.

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    16. Thank you for these videos. You are quite an inspiration. Mum and me spent most of yesterday giving it a go, mostly disastrous but what an enjoyable day of painting. The tips you’ve shared helped me make better skies for once 🙂

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    17. Thank you for these videos. You are quite an inspiration. Mum and me spent most of yesterday giving it a go, mostly disastrous but what an enjoyable day of painting. The tips you’ve shared helped me make better skies for once 🙂

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    18. Stumbled upon your channel. I have to admit, it was pretty therapeutic watching this. Really impressive technique. I can’t sleep before but it seems like I won’t be able to sleep at all now ’cause I feel like painting too. Haha Thanks for posting this!

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    19. Just starting watercolors and found your video. Love, love, love your style! You speak so soothingly and your comments are so much to the point. Very refreshing! Composition of your painting is so interesting. Just want to keep looking at it! Everything looks so real, yet it has your own distinct style. Thank you so much for sharing your talent. It is a real pleasure to watch. Just gorgeous!

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