An Early Spring Landscape Watercolor Painting Lesson

A fun painting lesson that looks tricky, but is based on easy, basic techniques.

We’ll use every technique in the arsenal to pull this one off!  We’ll get realistic looking spring “bud” greens, paint the lacy look of buds on tree with and easy technique, and show a slippery, muddy road.

The Landscape in Transition

The landscape in early spring shows the leftovers of winter and the signs of life and change that will become summer.

Learn to capture the look of early spring in this lesson.  It has everything – bright yellow greens of budding trees, the sparkling look of muddy, wet roads after a spring rain, light reds in flowering trees, and even slightly unsettled weather.

It’s a challenging project but still uses basic watercolor painting techniques: wet-into-wet, dry-into-wet and drybrush.

Note On The Drawing Layout

The drawing for this painting is simple and can be traced or drawn free-hand.  You’ll see that the lines on my drawing layout are fairly dark so that you can see them on the screen. But, I recommend drawing them lightly since we will be using mostly light colors and values in this painting.  It isn’t a big problem if the pencil lines show through a watercolor painting, but sometimes they are distracting.

What you’ll need

  • Brushes –  1 1/2″ flat, 1″ flat, 1/4″ flat, medium round, small round and the rigger
  • A palette with your colors – Cobalt Blue, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Lemon Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna,
  • Watercolor paper – preferably Arches 140lb Cold Press cut to about 7″x 11″

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