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

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Step 8: Silhouetted Trees (Right)

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Add some Viridian to the Olive Green mix, and paint the row of trees above the rooftops. Take your time and paint carefully, keeping crisp borders around the houses. You can gently flick paint outwards from the trees to create the tapered lines needed for branches that are sticking out, but be careful not to overdo it. Add Cobalt Green to the Viridian mix for some color variety, and for darker shadows blend in Prussian Blue. Keep leaving small holes in the paint for more “sparkle” in the trees, and with some Leaf Green, brighten the tree line as you near the right side of the painting. Add a touch of Prussian Blue for detail, and if the paint starts to pool too much, use a clean dry brush instead of the rag to lift out some paint.