Just A Tree - Full Color Realism The Easy Way
How To Do Layering and Soft Edges For Realism
Just A Tree
It's 'Just a Tree' but will give you not only a beautiful painting but also an information packed lesson! See value in action, with a wide range of real darks and lights in the finished product.
This isn't the way your mother painted watercolors, but even beginners can turn out a nice painting and gain understanding of the basic techniques you need for realistic painting. Yes, working in layers often looks weird in the middle of the process, but it's the easiest way I've found for great results.
In this lesson you'll concentrate on some fundamental skills in painting realism - mixing greens, working in layers, painting dark values that glow with soft edges.
This lesson will describe different blues and yellows and how to use them to make the perfect green every time, so if you like to paint landscapes or nature, this lesson is for you!
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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