Early Morning Light Landscape Painting Lesson

 In this lesson we’ll paint a rural scene in the light of pre-dawn. Color is muted in this kind of light, so we’ll concentrate on getting neutralized, low-intensity colors into our landscape with a very limited color palette. We use easy techniques and a methodical layered approach.


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Painting The Light Of Early Morning In Watercolor

This lesson shows you how to paint a farm landscape in the light of pre-dawn.

The key to really showing light of the pre-dawn – or post-sunset – landscape relies on three things: muted colors, a narrow value range and having a good temperature contrast between the sky and the ground planes.  For this painting lesson, we use a very limited palette of colors. Two of them are already neutralized helps created the look of muted color in the landscape. We’ll also work from a value sketch that is dominanted by mid-value.

We use easy, basic techniques and a methodical approach with built up layers to accomplish the look of pre-dawn light.

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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