Step-by-step painting of a Watercolour Landscape

Updated: Feb 15

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Ambbali Bhattacharyya Dutta is Rad Educator for Watercolour Landscape & Portrait.

Materials required :

1) Watercolors

2) Paint Brushes

3) A cup of water

4) 180 GSM sheet

Step 1:

This is the basic sketch I did before the painting. The sketch is very minimal and very lightly done with 0.5 led non-smudgable pencil.

Step 2:

I started with a graded wash with a mix of ultramarine blue and Payne's grey and a little bit of cinereous blue. Since the ultramarine blue has a granule effect. It complements the wash and helps to set up the mood.

Step 3:

I lifted up the pigments from the sky near the mountain area to create an effect of the natural light under the cloud and painted the fairway mountain with a mix of cenerous blue and ultramarine blue.

Step 4:

I added a mix of sap green and gamboge yellow mix to create the look of the lush Landscape.

Step 5:

On the 5th step, I have added the green mountain on the bank of the river. I have used sap green mixed with ultramarine blue and on the ground, I have added yellow ochre mixed with burnt umber to paint the dry Bush and grasses. I have added a small red wall by this side of the bank of the river.

Step 6:

On the 6th step, I have added colors to the houses.

Step 7:

At this step, I am working with the darkest value that is going to change the look of the painting instantly. I am painting some nearby bushes with Paynes grey and sap green mixed. These are contrasted against the light background to emphasis on the perspective well

Step 8:

At this step, I am setting the contrast on the ground by adding values to grass and bushes. There are a lot of dark green grasses and dried bushes as well. I used mixed of yellow ochre and orange and a small amount of sap green to do the dried grass.

On the road, I have used Payne's grey and yellow ochre with a dry brush to add texture.

Step 9:

This is the first stage. I have added few touches upon the dark bushes and did the pole and the wire with Payne's grey. These elements add life to the painting and make it look more appealing. While painting the wires you should be careful of not repeating the lines. One single stroke work best. At this step, I also added a few tiny bushes on the ground.

Step 10:

Here is the final look of the painting. I am happy with the outcome and especially with the mood I wanted to create.

Happy painting !

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