Variegated Wash Watercolor Technique For Dramatic Skies & Landscapes
Step 5: Painting The Barn
While the sky is still wet, take the opportunity to tie the shape of the barn’s darker side with the sky. Mix some Burnt Umber with Violet to make a warmer purple tone, then paint the shadowed side of the barn, wet paint on dry paper (i.e. the “wet-on-dry” technique). It’s fine if a bit of the sky’s blue starts seeping into the barn’s purple. Pay close attention to simplifying the shadow shapes. For the bottom of the barn where the barn meets the ground, paint a rougher edge to show the foliage and grass around the barn. Add more Burnt Umber where you want warmer and darker shadows, then paint a clean shadow line under the roof of the barn. When you’re satisfied with how the sky and shadows look, double-check that there are no excess puddles of color before leaving it to dry.