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Video on Location: The Alvor Demo

May 10, 2016

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This just in: During this back alley demonstration painting in Alvor, sketcher Anne-Laure Jacquart was able to get quite a good recording oft my painting in progress.

She’s cut together a 12 minute video, showing it from pretty much start to finish – (skipping the boring drawing part at the beginning :) – even managing some great close up shots of brushwork in action.

Impressive what she’s captured looking over my shoulder!

Thanks Anne-Laure!


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  1. May 10, 2016 3:34 PM

    That’s what I call a Taro treat! Thanks Anne-Laure.

  2. Annie permalink
    May 10, 2016 3:54 PM

    Thank you, Marc and Anne-Laure, this was wonderful! I learned a lot about brush work here, changing color, and leaving things unsaid. But I need to ask: 1. What brush are you using here, Marc? It is so versatilie. and 2. Why did I ever practice those big, even washes so much??? I’m still trying to color between the lines I think. What an eye opener this video was, thanks again.

    • May 10, 2016 6:10 PM

      Hey Anne – yes the DaVinci Artissimo Sable Quill! My favorite overall – you can, as you saw, do a whole painting with it. It’s like an oval wash and a rigger in one brush! (Costs about as much as a whole set of synthetics, so it better do all that work!). And that is great to hear your comment on flat washes. I have never understood why we needed that skill. (I didn’t learn it! Sorry watercolorists!). To me – I’ve done so much digital art – I don’t want to make any smooth perfect washes by hand :) I can do that so well in the computer :)

  3. May 10, 2016 4:38 PM

    This is great! Is that a Raphael Petit Gris? I love that brush..I recentlybought one.
    Fun to see the finished work and looking at it’s progress.Thank you.

    • May 10, 2016 6:07 PM

      Hey Monique :) That’s the DaVinci Artissimo #3 Sable Quill! My main choice for mid-sized work! Such a great point :)

  4. Pat Cameron permalink
    May 10, 2016 5:09 PM

    That was very special! If you can’t be there this is definitely the next best thing!! Thank you for letting us be a part of this experience.

  5. Daniel permalink
    May 10, 2016 5:19 PM

    Thank you so much. For free? Too kind, I’ll buy another of your USK books.

  6. psanchez permalink
    May 10, 2016 6:01 PM

    I would also like to know what kind of brush…and your color looks like a nice choice of old world colors. Great demo…thanks to both of you.

  7. Rene Wojcik permalink
    May 10, 2016 6:02 PM

    Thank you Marc for sharing your talent for sketching and painting. You could paint anywhere in the world and it would be fantastic. Everyone of us who can’t visit the wonderful scenic countries that you do, appreciate your sharing these videos and your vision. Outstanding to say the least.

  8. Lynn Patten permalink
    May 10, 2016 6:05 PM

    What a gift- I so very much enjoyed this and know I’ll watch it again at least 100 times.

    You didn’t need speech as your brush did all the talking, but one thing you said was brilliant – you just have to live with what happens. Perhaps that’s the secret to how you stay so calm amid such color, detail and distraction – it all is permitted to simply flow.

    Thank you Marc and Anne Laure.

  9. Sheryl C permalink
    May 10, 2016 6:19 PM

    Ms. Jacquart really did a fine job capturing your technique in this video – thanks to both of for the lesson! I too would like to know which brush that is, although I suspect it’s the operator making the magic.

  10. May 10, 2016 6:26 PM

    Marc, can’t thank you enough for this very interesting video.. I’m in your class, have your book and enjoy every minute… Wonderful !!!

  11. May 10, 2016 8:13 PM

    Wow ! Thanks Marc and thanks Anne-Laure. It was my favorite water-colour of your trip in Portugal, and seeing how you made it was a great teaching lesson. You are so cool and relaxed !!! (I have to work on that…). Everybody is asking about your brush…. but what paper are you working on ?
    Marc Lépine

    • May 10, 2016 10:31 PM

      Hey Marc! Thanks :) Glad you’re liking it! Funny thing is, didn’t even know Anne-Laure was filming – I’m that focused looking outward I didn’t even see her :)

      So, that’s my Fabriano Artistico 140lb cold press. It’s a bit smoother than Arches for instance – and seems to be a bit stiffer sizing – so I can pull water a long ways on it – which of course I like!


  12. May 10, 2016 9:28 PM

    This is great!!! Thanks for sharing

  13. May 10, 2016 11:19 PM

    i LOVED it. I would have liked to see it drawn too! not boring. do you mind sharing what paper you were using? i have a couple of those brushes and like them a lot. loved seeing the paint going on! thanks! i love the craftsy class and will watch it again!

    • May 11, 2016 8:11 AM

      Hey Sue – thanks! and from Anne-Laure – she’s pretty happy with the response in views :) – yes, so, that’s Fabriano Artistico 140lb cold pressed. I like the surface – it’s a bit more heavily sized than some others (say arches?) – if I have that right – whatever it is, it seems to allow paint to flow further when I do a damp-edge-pull, yet have crisp edges when I want it. Also, a little less expensive :) so I don’t mind that when I’m doing a lot of fast sketches. ~M

      • May 11, 2016 8:18 AM

        THANKS! . I will have to get some and try it for my sketching. your painting was beautiful by the way!

  14. May 11, 2016 8:46 AM

    Reblogged this on D.Katie Powell Art and commented:
    What I aspire to, even if I don’t intend to apply it to realism. My favorite Craftsy instructor….

  15. May 11, 2016 8:57 AM

    This is great! I love how the image appears out of nothing! Such a good control of the brush strokes too! I mostly have the problem that with quils I it lays down too much paint.

  16. May 11, 2016 12:34 PM

    I am so impressed by the sensitivities used in setting down the tiniest of color and marks. As a bold abstract painter this sets my mind to whirling. I have to try this technique and see what I can create.. Thanks for that wonderful and inspiring video. I think I will watch it many times.

  17. Randy Schaffer permalink
    May 12, 2016 7:25 PM

    Ahh such fun to watch. Sort of en Plein Air Street Craftsy! Amazon has that wonderful daVinci Artissimo #3 brush with a 20% discount coupon…a deal I could not pass up.

  18. Jan permalink
    May 16, 2016 10:04 AM

    Really enjoyed the video and learned so much about handling a quill properly. Thanks for sharing! Have a question: was it all done on dry paper? Any pre-wetting? The paint flowed so beautifully, which I’m sure is owed to your skill with the brush. Thanks again. Jan W.

    • May 16, 2016 10:13 AM

      Hey Jan – yes all wet-on-dry – its how I control edges – allows me to do that drawing with the brush :)

      I might pre-wet a large patch like a sky or water, but in don’t soak the paper. – Make sense? I hope to put up some more footage of brushwork soon :)

      • Jan permalink
        May 18, 2016 8:30 PM

        Makes perfect sense. Thanks for the quick reply. Would love to see more brushwork! Jan

  19. May 17, 2016 12:10 PM

    Watching you paint is a bit of magic! I’m looking forward to the Galway workshop. Bought a Kremer palette – looks like yours, but it has only two tracks for the half pans (total 14). Your central area for pigments is completely loaded with half pans. Did you glue them in or did it come with three rows of tracks? Maybe it’s a different brand? Please help resolve my confusion if possible.

  20. Leonor Janeiro permalink
    June 15, 2016 7:46 AM

    Hello Mark
    I am Leonor from Lisbon and I went to se you working on the 2 nd April in Sagres. It was a fabulous experience and I’ been folowing your site since then.
    I can’ t go to Irland in September but the next time you come to Europe let me know and keep a place for me and my friend Fefa.
    Hope your father don’t get worst.
    Regards to your wife
    Leonor Janeiro.


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