Kathleen Hudson

Kathleen Hudson: Waterfall Secrets

Video Length: 8 Hours

In this stunning course, you’ll learn:
  • Kathleen teaches you how to divide the creative process into sections where you can focus on different things. It’s impossible to think of everything (value, composition, color, brushwork, texture, edges, detail) at once, so breaking it down into stages makes it possible for you (no matter your skill level) to have the best chance of succeeding in a painting.
  • Waterfalls are the perfect subject for a multistep method because they have such flexible and pronounced value designs with dramatic highlights, yet they are also a great subject for experimenting with bold brushwork.
  • Learn how to set your painting up for success with a transparent underpainting — without needing to wait for it to dry.
  • Learn the key to joyful, bold brushwork: pre-mixing piles of paint and laying color down with confidence on an underpainting where all the composition and drawing problems have already been solved.


Chapter Highlights:

  • Materials & Tools
  • Preparatory Work
  • Composition
  • Value Underpainting
  • Color Mixing
  • Block-in Day One: From Focal Area Out
  • Block-in Day Two: Completion
  • Focus on Brushwork
  • Reassess the Painting
  • Final Adjustments



High Speed View of the Demonstration Painting set to music–fun to watch it develop
Exhibit of Works–an inspirational slideshow of Kathleen’s paintings
Artist Insights–listen in as Kathleen discusses her artful beginnings and move into a career as a painter

Meet your instructor:

Kathleen B. Hudson emphasizes dynamic light and atmosphere in her paintings. She is a Signature Member of the Plein Air Painters of America and a Fellow in the American Society of Marine Artists. In 2017, Hudson received the Grand Prize in the 6th Annual PleinAir Salon for her painting Bright Morning, Timberline Falls, which was featured on the July 2017 cover of PleinAir Magazine. The same month Southwest Artnamed her an “Artist to Watch.” She has since won numerous awards at national plein air events, including back-to-back Artists’ Choice awards at the Laguna Invitational and Artists’ Choice at Forgotten Coast.

Hudson moved from her native Kentucky to Boston in the fall of 2005 to begin an undergraduate degree at Harvard University, where she painted, studied mountain travel narratives, and led backpacking trips for fellow students. She now lives with her family in Colorado Springs, Colorado. When she’s not outside painting from life, you can find her in the studio creating larger-scale landscapes

“You’re not creating a portrait of a waterfall, you’re creating a dynamic light and dark composition … and you can get creative with it.”

— Kathleen Hudson


Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews

Will help me plan and paint my falls painting.

Susan Guise-Bagley
Hudson Waterfalls

This is an excellent video by Kathleen Hudson. I have always admired her prep work as she masses in a tonal wash and then wipes away to reveal a beautiful monoc...

Wayne Wright
Kathleen Hudson

I would highly recommend Kathleen Hudson and any of her instructional videos or workshops. I had the pleasure of attending one of her workshops in Montana where I learned some valuable tips and met some great people. She is genuinely interested in helping her students. You artwork will definitely go up a level.

Louise Payovich
Waterfall Secrets

Excellent information

Wendy Roberts
Excellent demo!

I was already following Kathleen Hudson on Instagram because her waterfall paintings capture light and motion in a rare way. I really love her paintings! I was just starting to work on a painting of the waterfall close to my home, and so the timing couldnʻt be better! I will be painting two versions - the one I already have blocked in I will take to finish, and I want to start a new one, same image that I am already familiar with, but using an underpainting executed the way she demonstrated it on this video. It will be interesting to see the improvement. I have seen lots of national-guild level demos over the years. I feel like I picked up an unusually rich amount of new tips and techniques from her demo. She is an incredibly talented artist with master-level experience with painting waterfalls. She understands light and water deeply and shares subtle insights on bringing the painting closer to the way the human eye perceives light as opposed to a camera. She is generous with her knowledge. I feel I have received a great gift from her demo. Thank you Kathleen! I hope you see this because I really appreciate you teaching at a high level like this and would like to express my gratitude! I am not a stranger to painting waterfalls, but I will improve my future paintings having seen this demo! I highly recommend this demo to anyone who wants to paint waterfalls in oil.