This has been the summer of landscape painting. That theme is continued with today’s painting of a tranquil stream flowing past colorful trees.
I love painting these types of landscapes. It is made from splattering color onto wet paper and adding details once everything is dry. It is important when painting wet-into-wet that you don’t fiddle with the paint otherwise you create mud which can ruin a piece. I think a good way to prevent mud is to limit the number of colors used in a painting. My palette consisted of 5 colors – lemon yellow, sap green, indigo, burnt sienna, and burnt umber. I then mix these colors into secondary colors (e.g. the yellow and burnt sienna gave me the orange color I used in the trees). I also applied the colors strongly rather than painting multiple light washes. This helps keep the colors fresh and bright.
I’ll be sharing many more tips and tricks in my landscape painting class this fall. I hope you can join me; it’s going to be a lot of fun!
Until next time…keep those pencils sharp!
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