Have you ever started painting a watercolor landscape and hit a wall when adding in trees and/or plants? Do you find you start your trees well but frequently end up overworking them, producing lifeless and flat green blobs? Are you getting tired of always painting the same kind of tree?
Welcome to the second part of the Watercolor Landscapes for Beginners Series!
Trees and plants are, arguably, the most important parts of any landscape (at least this is the case when there are no other living subjects included). For this reason, it's a great idea to make time to study them before actually attempting to paint a composition of this kind.
This blog post includes a video in which I walk you through six different tree studies. Throughout these time-lapses, I share the steps I go through when painting trees using watercolors, as well as all of my personal tips and tricks. With practice, you'll be painting believable trees that have life to them and add areas of interest in your paintings.
Before you begin drawing or painting trees, or anything else for that matter, there's nothing better than going out and observing what the subject actually looks like in real life. Go for a walk and take some photos at your nearest park. At the very least, look for high quality photographs online and create a little collection.
Take a moment to observe their shape, the variety of hues and textures they can have, the shadows created by them and within them, etc. Make notes! Attempt to paint them in plein air someday!
Check out my blog post titled Why Sketchbooks are Essential Tools for Artists and a Few Usage Tips to learn how I use my sketchbooks to improve my artistic skills everyday (even when I have small amounts of time).
Click below to see the introductory video for the series:
Watercolor Landscapes for Beginners- New YouTube Series
Check out the first part of the series here:
Watercolor Sky Tutorial (Landscapes for Beginners Pt.1)
*In this post you'll learn 5 key points to have in mind when painting with watercolors that will help you improve a lot faster!
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
Anyone who follows the series with us and paints a landscape at the end of the four weeks will have their work featured on my blog! All you have to do is subscribe to be part of my insider group and email me your work when your done, no later than March 20.
Everyone who joins us in the challenge and contacts me at the end of the series will have their work published, no exceptions! :)
Let's get started with the tutorial!
In this blog you'll find information and resources to help you improve your art skills. I also share tips and encouragement that will help you stay happy and productive as your journey progresses.
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