Summer Landscape With Light Puddle Watercolor Painting Lesson

Learn to add good looking puddles to your paintings and practice important basic techniques: wet-in-wet, dry-in-wet, and drybrush. This is and small, simple and easy exercise that will add to your skills and show you how to add this common sight to your landscapes.

Work on painting standing water in this small landscape painting that features a large, foreground puddle. This is a small work that will give you practice not only on getting puddles right, but in using the wet-into-wet and dry-into-wet techniques.

The scene is a summer landscape on a misty, rainy day.  Soft texture abounds on a day like this as the mist softens and fades individual objects.  Scenes like this on days like this require a lot of wet-in-wet passages to form those soft edges.  This lesson gives you lots of practice in both. 

What You’ll Learn

In this lesson, use basic watercolor painting techniques to create the look of a misty, rainy day.  We’ll cover:

  • Soft texture – to depict the soft look of a misty day
  • Rough brush – using the side of the brush with a light touch; this is especially effective for creating rough texture for weeds, grasses and rough patches of earth
  • Gradation – simple gradual changes in color or value work well in skies and water; use them to createthe reflective surface of a rain puddle
  • Quick brush strokes – marks that are easy and simple but create effective reflections

Watercolor Techniques and Ideas Used

This lesson is based on two basic watercolor techniques and

  • Dry-Brush (FREE Lesson) – or rough-brush technique is effective at creating rough textures. Combined with proper Direction of Stroke, rough texture is effective at depicting a range of light effects, subjects, surfaces and more. This is an ESSENTIAL technique for any watercolor artist.
  • Wet-In-Wet (FREE Lesson) – this basic technique is key to creating soft textures that create the look of spray and mist
  • Side-brush stroke – using the side of the brush with a light touch; this is especially effective for creating controlled rough edges

What You’ll Need:

    • Brushes –  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 5″x 7″

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