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.....)
I'm a self taught artist and I love teaching!
My story is simple.
I showed a lot of interest and talent as a child, but my parents discouraged art as a waste of time. I spent my adult life as a nurse and raised a family - pretty busy. While I was home with the birth of my daughter, I bought a cheap set of watercolors and fell in love with the bloom of color. I told my husband, 'I'm going to keep painting with these until I get really good.'
Back then, not many painted realistic watercolors, so I practiced and tried things until I worked out my own style. It took a lot of trial and error,
. When I entered my first art show, I won two awards and was told I'd have to enter the professional category and not beginner. That frightened me soo much, I didn't enter again for years.
When my work began selling, I entered more shows with more great success. I worked very hard and became a full time professional artist and teacher.
Although my work has been recognized and featured in major exhibitions, books and magazines, I'm very down to earth, and just love painting.
No one has 'all the time in the world'. Paint now. You're never too old, it's never too late. Any bit of time you can practice will improve your skills.
And yes, this cowboy is a watercolor painting. (Reference photo used with permission by Diana Robinson)
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