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Painting Water 101: Watercolor Techniques For Seas, Oceans & Seascapes

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Step 6: Cliff (Second Layer)

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Now that the sky’s finished, it’s time to add another layer to the cliff. With the Yellow Ochre and a touch of Neutral Tint, paint the ground on top of the cliff. It should be a light tan. The cliff face will be in shadow, so the area on top should be a lighter value. Continue painting the area in front of the houses while leaving the houses white. Next, add more Neutral Tint into the Yellow Ochre mix, and paint more shadows on the cliff face to tone down the colors. You can even add a touch of Cobalt Blue Hue or Violet Light to vary the shadow tones. Take your time with this process – it will help establish your creative style, while being good practice for understanding color temperature (i.e. warm vs cool) and value (i.e. dark vs light).