Painting Water 101: Watercolor Techniques For Seas, Oceans & Seascapes
Step 7: Silhouetted Trees (Left)
When the sky is dry, switch over to the Neef no. 8 brush, and using the tip, draw a layer of strong Olive Green to the trees by mixing less water with the paint. While it’s possible to pre-mix the color of the tree silhouettes on the palette, mixing colors directly on the paper will produce a different effect. Remember that the trees can be grouped together, and that they should have different shapes and sizes. While you don’t have to follow the exact shape of each tree, try to capture the feeling of its structure by leaving gaps created by the foliage, and drop in Permanent Violet in the green for darker areas while the paint is still wet. Although green should be the dominant color, the violet will mix and fill in parts of the damp areas to add more depth and contrast to the silhouette. To complete the trees, pull thin lines of violet down for tree trunks and connect them to the ground. Make sure they’re not too straight or too regular, and break up any patterns that start to form.