Do you want to start adding specific details into your watercolor landscapes but are a bit confused about how to go about it? Have you, perhaps, found an awesome reference image you'd love to turn into a painting, but are unsure about what the process would be to make it happen? Are you happy with the way you start a painting but grow frustrated as you start adding details in?
Welcome to the third part of the Watercolor Landscapes for Beginners Series!
Flowers, rocks and grass may seem like small parts when one thinks of a landscape painting, but these natural elements have the ability of adding color and areas of interest to this type of composition. The way we decide to include and render these details can, pretty much, make or break our paintings.
When I was first starting to paint landscapes using watercolors, I was full of questions: Am I supposed to paint smaller details directly on my white paper or on top of my first, second or third layer(s) of paint? How much time am I supposed to spend on each little detail in order to make a great painting? Is it best to finish one area entirely and then move on to the next or can I work on everything simultaneously? How dark do I have to get in order to achieve good form and contrast? What is the best way to create my darker color values? Where, exactly, am I supposed to use the wet-on-wet technique and where can I use wet-on-dry? How can I create a believable texture for that particular object? The questions were endless!
Throughout the time I've been using this medium, I have found that there are MANY ways to go about creating a great-looking painting, provided the artist has a good understanding of Art Fundamentals and is aware of the particular characteristics of watercolor paint (find the 5 Essential Tips to Apply in Your Exercises segment in Part 1 of this series).
In this post and the video included here, I will be sharing my personal tips and tricks, as well as the process I go through to create believable and aesthetically pleasing landscapes. By understanding these principles and doing your own studies, you'll be able to create great work in no time!
Check out the previous parts of the series below!
I really recommend checking these blog posts/YouTube videos out and trying these studies before jumping into today's tutorial. This series has been planned in a way that exercises get more difficult as you progress!
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