watercolor on paper,
19.5 x 27 inches,
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This is my latest watercolor on paper. I didn’t mount this one on board as I did for most of my recent watercolors because I wanted to paint a few watercolor landscapes on paper and enter them in various watercolor competitions. Most watercolor societies won’t accept varnished or mounted watercolors, but it isn’t really an issue as it is always possible to mount a watercolor on board once it has been painted.
Here are a few pictures of the steps I took.
This is my painting palette: Daniel Smith Burnt Sienna, Reeves Payne’s grey, Holbein Cobalt Turquoise, Da Vinci Prussian blue, sap green, and cadmium lemon, Van Gogh Madder Lake Light. I also used a bit of black from my Yarka watercolor pan set
I did draw the main outlines on paper, then wet the paper so I could strtch it on my stretcher. I then reserved a few white areas with masking fluid (also called liquid frisket)
I start painting the leaves, mixing different shades of green from my sap green, adding yellow, blue or red, and mixing some of the colors wet in wet.
I paint section by section, making my way along the painting.
Once I painted all the leaves, I take some time to assess the result and I find that there is not enough tone variation to get the effect of the light coming through the leaves that I looking for.
I am making a wash mix from sap green and madder lake and will apply it as a glaze on some of the leaves I want a bit darker.
Here is the painting after I did darken some areas on the leaves.
Then I start working on the trunk. I paint a light wash to start, mixing some darker areas wet in wet
working one section at a time. I am adjusting colors and adding texture to the trunk.
I keep adding layers of texture
I then remove the masking fluid. I would usually soften the edges afterwards and paint a light wash on the white areas but for this particular painting I want to keep the white areas very crisp to add to the effect of light shinning through the leaves.
Here is a close up of an area with the masking fluid removed.
And here is a time lapse video of the whole process
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