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Fun Lake Scene Teaches Watercolor Techniques For Water & Reflections

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Step 9: Painting The Foreground Bush

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If you haven’t already done so, use your pencil to sketch in the cast shadow within the bush in the foreground. Next, use the size 12 round brush and add Lemon Yellow and Aureolin into your previous earthy green mixture you used for the bank. With this light green color, paint the entire bush for its base layer. The important factor is getting the shape of the bush right, and that you’re painting wet-on-dry so that the edges of your paint are hard enough to create a leaf-like border. Switch to the size 6 brush to paint the outermost leaves that branch out towards the boat or lake (it’s fine to overlap a corner of the boat if you want). Dab in some Hooker’s Green while the paint is still wet to get some variation in the mid-tones. Pushing a mixture of yellows into the bush will provide highlights and indicate subtle changes in light within the leaves, while adding a mixture of Hooker’s Green, Ultramarine Deep, Neutral Tint, and Payne’s Gray will create shadow tones that will help make leafy patterns in your bush (the darkest shadows should be somewhat near the bottom of the bush). Allow yourself experiment with a variety of green paint to obtain a vibrant result and to create the illusion of foliage without having to paint every single leaf.