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.

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 […]
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