Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cades Cove - Great Smoky Mountains





Cades Cove is a beautiful section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The watercolor painting of the church above is one of the preserved building along this scenic drive in the Smokies. When you are traveling, take photos of whatever strikes your fancy that you think would made good paintings. I have included in this blog a photo used to paint the church above. Remember you can put in and take out anything you would like. Your painting is your interpretation of what you saw and does not have to be "exactly" like the photo.




My favorite part of this painting is the roof and I enjoyed how the paint was applied to create this effect.

Watercolor Tip:
How to paint the roof
Paint the roof using a wet on wet technique. Apply section at a time starting at the top and working to the bottom. Apply washes of Burnt Sienna, Payne’s Gray, and Ultramarine Blue.

Note: Use the colors sparingly and leave many areas of white paper. Layer these colors. The roof will be first layered in color, dry brushed, and then spattered. Using a liner brush apply a few uneven lines to indicate the indentations, etc.

1 comment:

Sayit-baldys said...

KAREN, THANKS FOR THE CHURCH PAINTING.

IT IS GOOD TO SEE OLD HISTORIC BUILDINGS.

I WILL TRY TO SEND A PHOTO OF AN OLD WESTERN RANCH BUILDING NEAR HERE. IT WAS SAD THAT A NEW OWNER DESTROYED THE OLD BARN OF THE 1800s. SUCH A SHAME THAT THOSE PEOPLE SEE NO BEAUTY OF THE PAST. sam