Landscape With Dark Puddle Watercolor Painting Lesson

Dark puddles add drama to your landscapes and are easy to do if you follow a couple basic rules. This lesson will show you how and give you practice with important basic techniques: wet-in-wet, dry-in-wet, and drybrush. The painting is small but has a nice dramatic effect

Painting Dark Puddles In A Rainy Summer Landscape

Standing water with dark surfaces add drama and mood to your paintings. Getting them to look right means paying attention to a couple important details. But, really they are easy once you understand. This lesson will show you how to get great dark puddles in your paintings.

The key to water – any water is ‘horizontal-ness’ and vertical reflections.  This is especially true for puddles which are small and reflective but need contrast and separation from other parts of the landscape to really ‘read’ 

What you’ll need

  • Brushes –  1/4″ flat, medium round, small round and the rigger
  • A palette with your colors – Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Lemon Yellow, Cerulean Blue, Raw Sienna,
  • Watercolor paper – preferably Arches 140lb Cold Press cut to about 5″x 7″

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