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Turning A Famous Painting Into A Watercolor Study

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Step 5: Painting A Colorful Body Of Water


With more Cobalt Violet Light, start painting the left side of the water, then tone it down with some Lemon Yellow. Run this color into the yellowish areas as seen in Monet’s famous painting. Next, use some Yellow Ochre for the right side, and add Cadmium Yellow Deep for the bottom right area.

To keep the painting primarily cool, use pure Cerulean Blue around the yellows, trying not to overlap the colors too much or you’ll get too much green. Paint around the sun’s reflection for now, as this will help the orange show through more clearly. In addition, remember to lay your brushstrokes in horizontally to mimic the water’s movement.

Go back to the Cobalt Violet Light, and paint the opening of the water channel that’s barely visible in the painting’s center. You can paint over the boats and people on the water, as you can always add a darker color on top. Blend in some Cerulean Blue into the lavender mix for a color variation, then mix Cobalt Blue Hue with the lavender to intensify the water channel. You can also touch in Permanent Carmine and Cadmium Red Purple to build up the darker areas as well.

Using a more saturated version of a color like Cobalt Blue can also be layered on top of your shadows, and remember to be bold! Watercolor always dries about 20% lighter, so it’s fine if your colors look darker when they’re wet.