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″
Easy Way To Paint Puddles
Puddles are common on country roads and they are great compositional elements at well. It doesn’t take much to get them right!
Use Simple Techniques
Puddles are easy to paint – the trick is quick, confident strokes and then to leave them alone.
These techniques will work for many different kinds of water, especially lakes and quiet streams.
This lesson gives you two quick practice scenes.
Summer Landscape With Light Puddle
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.
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