Ever wondered how to go about painting a watercolor landscape? Do you find complex, layered watercolor compositions too hard or intimidating to create? Are you curious about how to paint a unique landscape using a photograph as reference?
Painting a watercolor landscape can definitely be daunting when an artist is just starting out with this medium, especially due to its fluidity and transparency. We often hear that watercolors are "difficult to control" and "unforgiving", which may cause beginners to stay away from painting certain types of compositions. This, if you ask me, is a complete shame.
I'm here today to encourage you to give watercolor landscapes a try! If you have a basic understanding of this painting medium, as well as Art Fundamentals like perspective and proportion, it's not as difficult as you may think. In this post and the video included here, I will be taking you through my complete process, one-step-at-a-time. I will also be sharing some of my personal tips and tricks that allow me to manipulate watercolors to create the effects I'm looking to create.
I completely, 100% believe, that it is through experimentation and stepping out of our comfort zones that we learn faster, not only about the particular medium or technique at hand, but also about our own tastes, strengths and possible areas of improvement. I've personally been able to speed up my artistic growth by remaining open to mediums and techniques, challenging myself on a consistent basis, and by embracing mistakes as signs of exploration/growth.
Want to learn about one of my FAVORITE methods of exploration? Read my blog post titled How to Effectively Use Other Artists' Work as Inspiration and a Great Method to Start Developing Your Own Artistic Style!
Welcome to the fourth (and final) part of the Watercolor Landscapes for Beginners Series!
In this series, I have broken watercolor landscape compositions apart into commonly used elements and/or layers in order to help you gain a better understanding of the painting process. By making time to study individual elements before jumping into a complete composition, you gain confidence in your painting skills AND increase the chances of producing a finished piece you'll actually be proud of!
A landscape composition is usually made up of different layers (foreground, middleground, background), as well as a large variety of colors and textures. The artist has to have a good sense of compositional arrangement, depth and perspective. All of these items are HUGELY important when attempting to recreate any kind of believable scenery that transmits harmony.
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