Interested in learning how to paint watercolor landscapes, but find most tutorials a bit hard to follow? Looking to get into painting landscapes in a way that is less overwhelming and will ensure a more effective outcome?
Welcome to the first part of the Watercolor Landscapes for Beginners Series!
Landscape compositions are complex because they are made up of a large variety of elements, layers and effects. As beginners just starting out with watercolors, we usually still lack an effective control of water and are unaware of specific techniques that will lead to the effects we want to achieve, which can make painting a complete picture extremely frustrating!
Due to all of this, I don't recommend looking for full-landscape video tutorials right off the bat. By taking things one step at a time, you are able to build a solid foundation, ensure a natural and more enjoyable progress, and make it A LOT more likely to end up with a finished product you're actually proud of.
This is why I've created this mini-series for you. :)
In this series, we're going to be breaking landscapes apart into different commonly used elements or "layers". We will be studying each element individually before using them to create a complete landscape. Today, we're starting with the furthest layer in any landscape, which is the sky. After this, we're moving into elements that are usually located within the foreground and/or middleground.
Haven't watched the introductory video? Check it out in last week's blog post:
Watercolor Landscapes for Beginners- New YouTube Series
If you're interested in following the series throughout the upcoming weeks and having your final landscape published here on my blog, make sure to subscribe to be part of my insider group! Everyone who joins us in the challenge and contacts me at the end of the series will have their work published, no exceptions! :)
Here are the dates in which the videos will be published on YouTube, as well as the topics that will be covered on that particular day:
1. Friday, February 23: Painting skies, distant blurry mountains and water
2. Friday, March 2: Painting different types of trees using watercolors
3. Friday, March 9: Painting smaller details (flowers, rocks, grass, etc.) using watercolors
4. Friday, March 16: Painting a complete watercolor landscape using a reference picture
Let's get started with the tutorial!
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