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2 Ways, 1 Mission: A Historical Watercolor Painting Of Mission San Juan

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Step 5: Foliage And Layering Tones

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Use Oxide of Chromium as the base color for the garden foliage. This includes the bushes and lawn in front of the San Juan building. Don’t be too careful here, as foliage should look naturally messy. Drop in Cobalt Green, Viridian, and Yellow Ochre to vary your greens, and leave the darker values for later.

Use Burnt Sienna for the roof, and try not to touch any wet paint lest it bleeds into the surrounding area. Switch to the no. 12 round brush, then mix a saturated Permanent Mauve and Mineral Violet for the archways. You can vary the saturation of the dark purples here, and drop in Olive Green or French Ultramarine for a different tone in a few of them. Since you’re mixing colors on your paper rather than on the palette, you’ll get slightly different results each time, which is good since you’re painting a painting, not reproducing a photograph.

Paint around the shapes of the people and foliage under the archways, and remember to get the right values for each element of your historical watercolor painting.