Paint A Garden Path Scene In Watercolor
Use Basic Techniques For Professional Results
In this lesson you’ll take those basic watercolor painting skills to a new level. This painting has everything and getting there will be a challenge. We show you how to get the most out of your skills in creating this beautiful garden scene. We also cover how to get a great sense of light and how to create an illusion of detail with texture.
Painting A Complex Scene
This lesson includes a fairly complex scene – with many different subjects and with the application of many different concepts. The lesson is similar to others in that it uses the same few basic watercolor painting techniques that are the foundation of this medium.
More complex scenes are still just arrangements of shapes and can still be approached with a slower and more methodicaly approach. The biggest difference you will notice in this lesson is the pace. As always, pause the lesson where needed, in order to finish up the work needed, before moving on.
A Cautionary Note
The biggest caution I have: pay attention to the condition of your washes! In the lesson, I am often working back into passages adding color, value, texture and so on. As you’ll see, I am working very fast most of the time. If your pace is slower, your washes my change from wet to damp before you have finished working in that area. WORKING IN DAMP PASSAGES IS ALMOST ALWAYS A BAD IDEA.
If you have been working in a single area for sometime, make sure you check the condition of the wash. Hold the painting up flat in front of your eye so that you are looking across, rather than at, the painting. If the area you are working is not shining, it is too dry to keep working.
Instead, dry the painting completely and start back in with a light wash of clear water over the whole area and then pick up where you left off.
What you’ll need
- Brushes – 1 1/2″ Flat, Medium Round, Small Round, and Cotman #3 Rigger .
- Colors – Winsor Newton Perm. Alizarin Crimson, Raw Sienna, DaVinci Burnt Sienna, Winsor Newton French Ultramarine Blue , DaVinci Cobalt Blue, Aureolian Yellow or Daniel Smith Lemon Yellow, DaVinci Cadmium Yellow Medium or DaVinci Indian Yellow
- Watercolor paper – preferably Arches 140lb Cold Press cut to about 7″ x 11″ or so
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Three Basic Textures For Watercolor
There are only three textures that can be created with paint and a brush: hard, rough and soft.
These three simple expressions of texture will suffice as substitutes for the wide and complex range of texture found in the real world.
The painting in the lesson above includes all three textures, but Rough textures seem to appear the most, soft textures next and hard textures the least.
This lesson illustrates the difference between the three textures and how to create each.
Develop the skill of creating a variety of texture in your paintings. The result will be more accomplished and professional looking work.
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