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Easy Watercolor Landscape: Painting A Vineyard In Napa Valley

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Step 5: Filling In The Gaps And Lifting Paint


Next is to fill in the white space between the upper and middle bands of your watercolor landscape painting. To do this, add Yellow Ochre and Neutral Tint to the previous brown mixture, and paint the road and parking lot. When painting, it’s fine to leave some white spots behind as they add to the texture and brightness of the overall composition.

Add a touch of Olive Green for a tree in between the roads of the two buildings, and mix Perylene Violet and Viridian for some dark bushes in the lawn area. It’s okay if the green bleeds into the road a little, as this helps increase the sense of perspective.

Switch to the no. 10 rigger brush, and mix the browns with Yellow Ochre and Quinacridone Gold for a bright earthy color. Paint the gap between the vineyard and parking lot, allowing some color bleeding with the foliage. For a different dirt color, use pure Burnt Sienna for the right side of the ground, and brighten by streaking in Brilliant Orange into the wet paint. This will give your watercolor landscape an autumn feel while making it more interesting. If the orange gets too strong, you can tone it down by brushing in Peacock Blue. This works due to their complementary nature, and also serves to create some shadows on the ground.

Lastly, remember to use a rag or paper towels to control the liquid in your brush or to lift out mistakes while the paint is wet. You can also use a “thirsty brush” to soak up excess paint and lighten an area that might have been too dark.