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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]
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