How to Paint a Forest With Snow
Find Your Way In The Watercolor Forest Working Step by Step
Don't get lost in the woods!
In this woodland from Glacier National Park, learn how to find your way painting forest scenes by working step by step.
Learning to see values and details is a big part, but with watercolor, working in layers will give you beautiful realism.
This painting was done with a limited palette of three colors, plus opaque white.
Tips for painting wet on wet are included so you can start with this wet on wet background wash and continue to the trees in front. (Plus a bonus lesson on how to include the water and reflections for the brave at heart.)
Deb simplifies concepts into easy to understand chunks of information, and offers helpful tips and demonstrations to explain every point.
Working wet on wet can be scary, but guided practice is excellent practice, letting you experiment and learn in the safe area of initial washes. Learning to mix color will quickly become your best skill when you practice with three hues every step of the way.
So let go of green and embrace winter, with the calm serenity of Glacier Park Big Tree country! (Reference photo below - the rocks will be another lesson.....)
Hi, I'm Deb Watson - a self taught artist and long time watercolor teacher
My story is simple.
I loved drawing from childhood, but was discouraged from art as a waste of time. So, I became a nurse, worked at a lot of hospitals and raised a family. But I kept painting.
Over time, I became better at the realism I loved, and just kept working toward improving through painting and self-study. I've always enjoyed painting scenes from my life and small town community (which I call my Small Town America series).
My paintings are not usually famous or majestic subjects, often they're just everyday stuff I see around. But I see so much beauty there, and show it to the rest of the world by painting it.
Now, my watercolors have been in exhibits and won awards across the nation. Yet, it's when my art connects me to other people that it's really done what I wanted, and teaching certainly does that!