“Most students paint with way too much water and use too big of a soft brush for the entire painting,” says Dan Marshall. “It’s important to use the right tool for the right job, abandoning your largest brush once you’ve finished the initial washes. I hold all the brushes I need in my left hand while I am working. Selecting these brushes at the start of the painting is one more step in thinking through the painting start to finish. As I move through the painting I disregard a brush when I am finished with it and by the end of the painting my left hand is empty.”
Watercolor artist, Dan Marshall has traveled the world in his first career as a successful tattoo artist. This travel allowed him the frequent opportunity to paint the scenes he found. When he discovered watercolor, working plein air was a natural fit. Today Dan is an avid plein air painter, producing the majority of his work outside and on location. This has helped him to develop a confident style with an immediacy and freshness infused into each painting.
Learn more about his upcoming NEW video “Plein Air Watercolor: Capturing Nature.”