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Hi, my name is Hector Marin-Arias and I am a visual artist. I would like to offer you 10 free art lessons videos. Please visit my website:


In my website, you will find videos that employ many different art techniques and concepts, like: a grid, wash, composition, scale-drawing, perspective, linear perspective applied to paintings, chiaroscuro, sfumato, wash, trompe-l’oeil, art style, stylized drawing, value, tone, chroma, atmospheric perspective, primary colors, complementary colors, design, content, art form, to name a few.
Remember, the human experience begins with art.
You will find videos that focus on: watercolor, pastels, acrylic, oil painting as well as videos that will show you how to work with different types of clay.

I hope you like my videos! Following is a succinct note to accompany the above video:

First we trace four horizontal lines, starting a little under the middle of the paper. These lines will give us the structural framework to our watercolor.

Then we want to wet the paper, using a clean brush (and clean water). Once the paper is sufficiently wet, use a regular brush to start adding the color. We are going to start by adding a bright yellow right in the middle of the painting. We will then proceed by introducing some orange around it.
Using water, and a little bit of blue, brown, and red, we can mix us up a dark orange. We are going to use this dark orange to paint the top part of the sky and the bottom of our watercolor painting. Next, as you can see in the video, we add some blue. Notice how I allow the colors to mix in the actual watercolor paper, and thus revealing very nice gradations and relationships.
We will use the horizontals lines we drew before to guide us in painting the water of our beach sunset watercolor painting. Notice that I am using a rich blue and purple, these colors add to our notion of a relaxing ‘after noon’.
After having added most of the paint, you want to work with the paint that is already on the paper; you don’t want to add any more for now. Instead, by drying your brush a little, you can use it to further disperse and mix the colors already present.

Well use a dark purple to paint some rocks on the shore and also to paint a mountain in the distance. Use dark colors to retouch some details on the shore.
Using a little bit of water and light blue, and paint some waves. Again you will be using the horizontal lines to guide you.
You can apply a little bit of a bright yellow in the water, as shown in the video, to give the impression of light being reflected. You may also use a little of this same yellow to bring out some details in the shore section.

Use a light purple, or brown, to paint a flock of birds flying. As you can see, once you have done the main structural portions to the painting, the rest is very much only adding details, so as to reinforce our vision. In this stage, allow your self to experiment and try new things.

Once you feel satisfied with your work, enough so that it feels finished, you should sign it.
Remember to take the tape off sideways!

I very much hope that you’ve enjoyed watching my video! Please, don’t forget to visit my website, http://www.freeartlessonsforbeginners.com, were you will find more videos such as the one above.

Also, if you would like to know more about me, please visit my website:http://www.hmartstudio.com
hmartstudio.com features some of my oil paintings, such as my self-portrait, as well as views of New York City (Landscapes).
Also, if you like, you can also see even more of my paintings at:
http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolio/n/niram/ and also at
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You may watch this video at youtube if you like, by clicking here:

Again, I very much hope that you enjoy my work and my videos.

Hector Marin-Arias
Please click on the picture to watch the video.

  • Alfredo

    cool, looking forward to your future post!

  • http://www.felttheater.info/ gloria zelaya

    Thanks for your hard work, you are sharing your talent with the world

  • Elena Tschaikovskaja

    Hello my new teacher Hector Marin-Arias! 🙂
    I am happy that I found your site. Today is the first lesson. Here is my result. But there is not same lightness as your drawing … What am I doing wrong?

  • Artlessonsforbeginners_net

    Hi Elena Tschaikovskaja your painting looks nice to me. Please try to use very good quality watercolor paper, a thick one; 140 lb. cold press will make it. Thanks for your comment.