Paint a Seacape In Fog In This Watercolor Lesson

Lots of wet-into-wet and drybrush technique along with neutral grays gives up the look of a foggy morning at the shore. Learn how to paint fog in a seascape in this lesson.

Fog and Mist

This watercolor painting really features grays and neutral colors. It’s a great color recipe when painting a foggy day, whether it is a seascape or a landscape. Our palette is limited to just three colors and we’ll use those for our gray and neutral mixtures .  The sky and background will be light and soft to keep it looking like it is in the fog.

Fog and mist both occur when the air is overloaded with moisture. The water droplets disperse light rays which make every color look gray and neutralized. If you are working with a palette of modern, bright watercolor paints you might have difficulty mixing the grays needed for a scene like this.

This is where a very limited color set that features ‘earth tones’ comes into play.

Another feature of a gray, foggy landscape or seascape is the softer textures and heightened sense of aerial perspective.  The look of aerial perspective is accomplished easily by having distant areas lighter in value and nearer areas darker in value.  Fog and mist tend to also merge shapes and objects together, especially those that are farther away.

We’ll work with all these ideas in this lesson.

Drawing Layout For Any Painting

One note on the drawing layout. The downloadable layouts are done with heavy lines to make it easy to see and copy onto your watercolor paper. It is best not to draw the lines too heavy on your paper, especially in the sky, since there is a good chance the lines will show through the paint. It’s not a deal-breaker, but those heavy pencil lines are sometimes a distraction.

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