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Easy Watercolor Landscape: Painting A Vineyard In Napa Valley

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Step 2: Painting A Colorful, Wet-On-Wet Forest


Before you paint, make sure you have all your equipment in an organized and efficient setup. You can also spray your paints with water to soften them and make it easier to mix the colors you need. Propping your painting at a 30° angle will help as well, especially when you need to drain off excess paint.

Starting with the wet-on-wet technique, wet the no. 20 Escoda brush with clean water, then brush it over the forest in the background. Try your best to avoid the buildings, sky, and ground so you can paint them later with a lighter color. Then, while the paper is still wet, prep Leaf and Sap Green on your palette and paint the first and lightest layer for the trees. As you go, try creating the general impression of leaves, leaving white areas for different colors or for the feeling of light filtering through the leaves. This will make up the first underlying wash for your background forest.

Mix Viridian with a hint of Indigo, and use this darker color to serve as a shadow layer for the trees. As you work from light to dark, remember to keep darker colors towards the bottom as the light is coming from the top. Also, don’t dilute your colors too much when using the wet-on-wet technique, since they’ll look washed out with all the extra liquid.

For more variety, drop in Permanent Mauve while the paint is still wet to create a warmer green shadow. For cooler greens, drop in French Ultramarine, and make sure not to blend the colors too much. Remember to keep the shape of the leaves random, and work quickly to get the soft blends created by using the wet-on-wet technique.