Watercolor 11" x 15" Mats to 16" x 20"
Part 2: The Trees
As mentioned in last week's blog, there are three main elements to this painting. Now that the grass and foliage have been painted, I will discuss how to paint the trees; and we will finish with the water next week.
How to Paint the Trees:
Use a small round brush (a No. 4 or No. 6) and paint green bands ACROSS one of the tree trunks with a dilute mix of indigo, turquoise, and yellow. While still wet, define the trunk of the tree by quickly dragging a wash of Payne's Grey quickly down (vertically) through the bands of wet paint. The paint will run horizontally to suggest branches. Paint one tree at a time so that the paint is still wet when the Payne's Grey is applied. This is a handy technique to paint trees quickly.
After this initial wash has dried, paint the bark on the trees using Burnt Sienna--don't over do it. Work from the wrist to make natural shapes that are not too "set" and geometric in shape.
Finish the trees using a rigger or liner brush to put in the smaller branches.
In the 19th century, marine artists and architects often used a tail feather of a woodcock to paint fine, even lines. The feather, which is very springy and holds a surprising amount of color, works like our current fine liner brush or a rigger.
Next week, we will finish this painting by putting in the water element!