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.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

River Watercolor

Start with these reference images:

Using some masking fluid indicate your birch trees. Indicate the local colors starting with the background foliage area, changing the colors as you go. Below the halfway mark on your paper start to show the river with blue hues. Let dry.

Go in now with middle values and start to build up the foliage shapes, keeping the yellow clean in top of the river. Show rocks by dropping burnt sienna and ultramarine blue in that area and then taking a credit card and scratching the surface. Show an island in the middle of the river with some foliage colors. Drop in some red hues to show more contrast in your colors. Using a credit card scratch out some birch trees. Let dry.

Now using our darkest values show a shadow side on the foliage, usually under the branches. Negatively paint around some of the rocks. Add a darker value blue hue on one side of the river and soften the edges. Scratch in some grasses in the middle island. I added some Gouache to my birch trees to stand out some more, or in the first step you can also use a masking fluid to save the whites. Let dry.

Fall Walking Path Watercolor

Start with these reference images:

Starting at the background indicate a sky color and then start showing the foliage areas, changing the color as you go. Indicate the shape of the path by leaving the white of the paper. As you proceed show the foreground foliage. Also drop in a light shadow color on the path - by mixing the three primaries you will get a nice gray. Let dry.

Now using the same color palette as above we will proceed using our middle values on the value scale. Start to show some forms in the foliage and shapes, keeping the value darker than what you already have on the paper, trying not to cover up all of our first wash. Keep the edges of the path soft. Let dry.

Now use our dark values to show foreground trees, letting the previous colors show through. Show a darker value shadow on the path. The shadows from the trees should be connected to the shadows on the ground.