Painting Water 101: Watercolor Techniques For Seas, Oceans & Seascapes
Step 4: Distant Mountains
While the ocean area is drying, move to paint the band of mountains sitting just above the horizon line. Mix Cobalt Blue Hue with Neutral Tint, and gently paint this color for the mountains. The goal is to make the distant range appear gray, so if you need to, use a clean rag or paper towel to lift out some paint before it dries. You can also add a little Sap Green paint to your indigo mixture to break up any monotony in the color. Feel free to paint over the trees along the horizon as you will come back to paint them later, but make sure to leave a tiny white strip where the ocean meets the sky to reproduce the reflective property of water. Finally, add any finishing touches to the water and fix brushstrokes that have too hard of an edge by dampening the paper with clean water before blending in paint. Don’t worry if it’s not extremely realistic – it’s more important to capture the feeling of a seascape rather than reproducing the exact scene.