Sunday - Michael Solovyev - Workshop 2 - Advanced Perspective Course


From: Sunday September 10, 2023, 10:00 am

To: Sunday September 10, 2023, 2:30 pm

Tank 3 - The Tanks Art Centre - Cairns Queensland Australia

Advanced Perspective

Perspective is the exact tool that will allow you to express three-dimensional space on a flat sheet of paper. In this course, we will not just study the fundamental laws of perspective and the rules by which it operates. We will try to figure out what the perspective really is. 

You will learn tricks and techniques that will allow you to resolve very complex spatial problems in watercolor. And, of course, we will be working with watercolors for the entire second part of the course. 

But the Regular linear perspective, along with the horizon line, vanishing points, and other useful tools, is only the tip of the iceberg. What if we want to paint mountains or forests? Or the ocean? What vanishing point can there be for trees in the forest when we don't have a single line? 

Anyway, there are no lines in watercolor, we only have spots of color. This is why there is another essential perspective tool - tonal balance. By the way, not only tonal - color also works in conveying perspective in watercolor! 

You can count on the help of individual attention from the instructor at all stages of work. 

List of Materials and Paper - to Bring

** Please note | we will have the Art Suppliers with us - with their Trade Tables - so you will be able to buy materials at 'The Court House Cairns' and you won't have to carry them all as luggage!

If you have some favorite brand of watercolor paper, by all means, use it. Hot Pressed paper is NOT recommended.

100% cotton 140 pound Rough (Grain Torchon) paper - Saunders or Arches, size from 11 x 15 to 15 x 22 inches, depending on your preference.

Michael's recommendation |  Saunders Waterford Rough 300 gsm.


  • Round paintbrush (or mop) squirrel, goat, or equivalent (approximately #12)
  • Round sharp paintbrush (or rigger, liner) (approximately #4)
  • Flat strong brush for watercolor, approximately 1 1/2 inch width (3.5 cm) or bigger.

If you have any favorite brush set, feel free to use it.

Asian calligraphy brushes are very welcome (goat, rat, etc.)

In case if you prefer to use the same brushes as me, I recommend you to check my signature set:

And Escoda Michael Solovyev’s Master Set. 


I highly recommend Daniel Smith watercolor in tubes.

In case of impossibility, you can use any other professional brand.

Small sets for travel are NOT recommended.

We need a basic color set.............It is highly recommended to have the following set (we will use it a lot):

  • Quinacridone Sienna
  • Quinacridone Deep Gold
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Perylene Violet
  • Indigo
  • Cobalt Blue 
  • Phthalo Green BS
  • Phthalo Blue GS 

Other Materials to bring:

  • Masking tape
  • Any board to stretch paper on - you will be working on a table in the Workshop so a board allows you to move your paper and paint around as you work
  • pencil
  • eraser, and
  • paper towels.


You can get my 10 colors Daniel Smith Master Set in art stores around the world. Or ordered it online at the link above.

Michael Solovyev

  • Canada Signature Member,
  • Daniel Smith Brand Ambassador
  • Escoda Brushes International Brand Ambassador
  • Fabriano in Acquarello Canada Country Leader

Michael is often called a “sunny watercolorist” – his airy, transparent artworks look as though they emit the sunlight.

His traditional academic art education, extensive experience as a head theater stage designer, and oil painter career now inform his priority as a watercolor artist – light.

His main belief is that sometimes even a pile of rubbish with beautiful lighting can become an artwork.

Michael is a watercolor artist of great renown, with exhibitions and workshops all over the world, from Bolivia to France to Australia.

Michael sees his work as an artist as exploration and observation of the world and its presentation in such way the others can see the things he saw – one of the most interesting jobs in the world. His stage designer background as provided two main insights fundamental for his subsequent watercolor artist career – understanding that the light is paramount to the art and the love for collective co-creation. Watercolor is the most interesting medium to Michael because it is the only material on the whole planet where he is not solely responsible for the creative process. Rather than working alone, he forms a partnership with the water. Watercolor flows, permeates the medium, it exists in ?me as an alive being. Michael works together with the watercolor in a fascinating process of co-creation which leads to interesting outcomes. Such partnership does not exist in all other branches of visual arts. Michael considers adrenaline and experimentation the necessities of the creative process, always challenging himself with new techniques, ideas, stories, and materials. Willingness to experiment and create led Michael to design his own line of watercolor materials and release a series of watercolor video lessons. 

Refund Policy |

You can book your Workshop with confidence - knowing that we will refund the Workshop Fee - less $AUD10.00 Booking fee to cover bank and admin charges - provided we are notified in writing via our CONTACT FORM - dated one week prior to the commencement of the Australian Watercolour Muster Biennale - 2023 i.e. 30th August 2023.

Cancellations after this date will be refunded at 50% of the Booking Fee, and at the discretion of the Curator of the Australian Watercolour Muster - Wyn Vogel - depending on the critical circumstances and again notified in writing via our CONTACT FORM - with your phone number and details of the Workshop / Event you are wishing to cancel. A booking fee of $AUD10.00 will be applied to these late cancellations. 

Please refer to the very detailed access information provided by the Cairns Regional Council for access to The Tanks Arts Precinct - Edge Hill - Cairns Qld Australia



Bookings are now closed


Tank 3 - The Tanks Arts Precinct

46 Collins Street, Edge Hill QLD 4870

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