April Snow

Step 1 : Wet the entire sky area and drop in the cloud shapes while the paper is damp. Leave it to dry. Step 2 : Once the paper is bone dry, rewet the area above the horizon line using a clean damp brush. Drop in thick mixes of yellows, browns and blues to depict background trees. Allow the paint to mix on paper. Step 3 : Paint the large background tree using green and yellow mixes. Aim for as few details as possible. Step 4 : Paint the roof and the shadow side of the log cabin. The snow on the roof is unpainted paper. Step 5 : Work on the details on the cabin and the foreground. Step 6 : Add foreground shadows and some fence posts. The finished painting.

Waves at sundown

Step 1 : Wet the entire paper and use yellow paint to lay the sky wash. While the wash is wet, drop some darks for the clouds. Step 2 : Paint the distant hills using a pale blue/brown wash. Pre-wet the bottom to create lost edges. Step 3 : Paint the middle ground hills using various mixtures of yellow, blue and brown. Like in the previous step, pre-wet the bottom edge. Step 4 : Wet the bottom area of the sky and drop in a pale mix of blue and brown to depict clouds. Step 5 : Wet the area below the horizon and paint the waves using a blue/brown mix. Paint the fishing boat in the distant horizon. Step 6 : Paint the shadow side of the middle ground mountains using a dark mix. Step 7 : Add details to the cliff using a thick dark mix and a rigger brush. Step 8 : Finally, paint a few birds around the fishing boat. The finished painting.

The view from top

Step 1 : Wet the entire paper except the part where the river flows. Drop in the local colour. Step 2 : Paint the distant mountains. While the wash is wet drop in some darks to indicate trees. Step 3 : Rewet the area below the horizon line and paint in the tree lines. Step 4 : Wet the entire area to the right of the river and add more trees varying he colour, sizes and shapes. Step 5 : Wet the are to the left of the right river bank. Add trees and reflections. Step 6 : Add some details to the trees. Step 7 : Strengthen the water area in the immediate foreground with a yellow/blue variegated wash. The finished painting.

Spring greens

Step 1 : Wet the entire paper (leaving the ‘white areas’ dry and drop in the local colour. Step 2 While the first wash is wet, paint in the background tree line keeping in mind the direction of light. Paint the roofs and the cast shadows. Step 3 : Use brush drawing to suggest tree branches. Step 4 : Wet the area above the roof and paint in the foliage. Step 5 : Paint the details on the house. Step 6 : Paint the foreground shadows. Step 7 : Add some detailing. The finished painting.

Countryside Mansion

Step 1 : Since I like to always start with the point of interest I decided to work on the mansion first. I mix fairly thick washes of Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson separately on my palette and wet the shadow sides of the building paying careful attention to leave the tree trunks dry. I made sure I had a broken edge at the bottom which will serve as the top edge of the bushes. I also wet the roof area but I leave a dry line to separate the roof from the walls. I drop in the Blue mix on the shadow side and the Crimson one on the roof. On a wet surface, always try to allow paint to flow from the brush to the paper rather than scrubbing in the pigment. While the washes are still wet, I drop in some warm Burnt Sienna into the cool Blue wash to create some variety. I also paint in the shadow cast by the edges of the roofs on the sunlit sides of the building and introduce a tree shadow on the wall near the front door. I quickly paint in the dark shape inside the door carefully carving […]

Deep in the woods

Step 1 : This painting was done on Saunders Waterford cold pressed paper but you are free to use your favourite brands of paper, paints and brushes. I used a 2B pencil to draw the main shapes. Notice how I did not go into the details with the drawing and merely suggested the overall shapes of the elements. Step 2 : Once you are happy with the drawing, it’s time to wet your brushes. Different artists take different approaches to laying in their washes. Some start landscape paintings with the sky wash. Some others lay what’s sometimes referred to as a ‘mother wash’ over the entire painting surface. This serves as an underpainting of sorts. But some artists, like me, work on the point of interest to begin with. What I am going to detail out in this tutorial is my way of painting and that by no means is the only way. Whatever approach you choose, make sure you enjoy it because in the end that’s all that matters. I start by wetting the entire area of the paper above the horizon with clean water and wait for a couple of minutes for the paper to lose it shine before I start […]