Thomas W. Schaller

Thomas W Schaller: Capturing Light in Watercolor - How to Paint Cities

Video Length: 1 Hour 31 Minutes
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Paint a city scene full of light and energy with this video workshop! 

Thomas Schaller will demonstrate how to simplify a complex composition into shapes and three values: lights, mid-tones, and darks. Begin this lesson with preliminary sketching necessary to distill the painting down to the essentials. Then watch and paint along as Thomas works light to darks while saving the whites, establishing focal points, architecture, and figures. Finally, add the darkest darks and tie the painting together with finishing touches.


In Capturing Light in Watercolor: How to Paint Cities you will find:

  • A start to finish watercolor demonstration on painting city scenes
  • Lessons on painting techniques for color mixing, working wet-into-wet, splattering, edgework, brushstrokes, and more
  • Techniques for creating a strong composition without getting overwhelmed by details of each building

About Thomas Schaller
Following a 20 year career in New York City as an architect and architectural artist, Tom Schaller is now a premier artist and instructor in the watercolor medium. With a focus on painting light, Tom teaches workshops around the world, including his Architecture of Light workshop. He has won multiple awards for his watercolor art, including the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize and has been published in several publications, including Watercolor Artist, International Artist, Southwest Art, and many others. His work can be found in various collections and exhibitions. He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the California Art Club, and the North American Watercolor Artists.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Katalin Spang
Loved it

This is a wonderful demo of Schaller's methods and thinking behind his painting. It is well done, I enjoyed it a lot, and will be watching it over again many times I am sure.

Patricia M viamontes
Light makes the painting come alive!

I am just enthralled with Thomas Schaller's use of light on his subjects. I feel as though
the painting is alive and I can feel the light. It is certainly a remarkable style and showcases
the beautiful buildings he loves so much.