Painting Landscapes in Watercolour: Country Town Scene

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Hello there! Here are some tips from a free live workshop I ran on how to paint landscapes in watercolour. This was painted on a 1/4 sheet (100% cotton, cold-press).

You can watch the entire video here:

It’s important to have a combination of hard and soft edges in a landscape painting – it adds more interest and variety.

I’m realising more and more that opposition of colour, techniques, the tone in a painting all work in harmony. A dark foreground brings out a light sky. Some blue figures bring out the yellow in the buildings. Try to strike a balance with your use of warm and cool colours, and use a combination of light and dark tones side by side.

For this one, I painted the sky with a light wash of lemon yellow and a bit of white gouache to add some extra body to the paint. The buildings were painted with some yellow ochre/lemon yellow/burnt sienna. I carried this light and warm coloured wash down to the foreground, dropping in some sap green wet-in-wet. Once dried, I added the shadows of the buildings to indicate the light source to the right. The foreground crops were added with some wet-in-wet techniques. I wet the paper with a spray bottle first, then dropped in downward strokes of emerald green, sap green. Then finally added some white gouache to indicate some dandelions. Finally, I added some background mountains to bring out the light of the buildings and added some small details with neutral tint. Windows, poles, doors etc.

Here are some of my affiliate links if you’re interested in the brushes I used for this demonstration:

Black Tulip Brush Set:

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