White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN (map)


Color & Design in Watercolor
September 23-25, 2021
Central Minnesota Watercolorists
St. Cloud, Minnesota

Lisa’s step by step process will put you at ease as you learn how to loosen up and feel confident in approaching a watercolor painting. Learn how to paint a realistic watercolor landscape painting from the planning stages to completion while focusing on the design principles. Lisa will also show you how to fix and finish old paintings that you feel have not been successful. Personal critiques will help guide you through the process with ease.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Willow Tree Watercolor

Start with these reference images:

Starting at the top of the page work your way down with the local hues. Indicate the water with the sky color. Keep your values light. Let dry.

Indicate the background trees with a darker value. Start to sculpt out the pine trees on the left and the willow tree on the right. Show a reflection in the water of the trunks and go over the water with a darker value, letting some of the original wash show through. Let dry.

Using your dark values now go in and accent your dark areas, referring to your value study. Show a shadow on the ground from your light source. Use a credit card to show some grassy areas in the foreground and on the pine trees. Darken your values in the water also - soften the edges.