White Bear Center for the Arts
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White Bear Lake, MN (map)
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Color & Design in Watercolor
September 16-18, 2020
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.


AK said...

Lovely blog Lisa.

miguel dias said...

I really enjoyed the blog

If I take care not to promote my new blog where I expose my drawings
see and comment


Ollie said...

love your post & the way you have photos of all the steps. very nice