I have started on another sketch, this time of a waterfall, wanted to share this before I close for the day. Just a first wash though, I have yet to muse over what foliage I want to paint growing beside it.

bubbling stream


Landscape color studies finished page

I have added a few more to the page I had already shown: a pomegranate, any red fruit/flower tree really, tree in overcast, foggy conditions,one lit by a late afternoon sun and one of a silhouette in low light after sunset. Enjoy!


Landscape color studies

Today I have done two more of these thumbnail studies: another one of a warm sunrise and one of a cool, misty moonlit night. Hope you like them!



Sketchbook page

I’m trying to capture here the sense of  light and  atmosphere in these tiny imaginary landscapes. The one to the right is of a clear, early morning where the light is pouring in from behind the trees, the one in the middle is of a dappled light where the sun is playing peek-a-boo with the clouds and the one on the left is of a harsh midday sun:

Light in landscape


Been doing some sketching today:

treesketches treesketches

Finished painting

landscape painting in watercolor


To continue with the demo, here I am working wet-on-dry on the top part of the tree, leaving some negative shapes for the leaves. I have also started laying in cooler blue green washes for the mountains.


More work on the tree:


In the final stages, I have used the same green mixes, only lighter and a little less saturated on the distant land and trees. Put in some highlights for the shine on the leaves and lighter values around the edges of the tree and the sparkle on the water with white gouache slightly tinted with the watercolors. Hope you enjoyed it!

Progress on the painting

I have yet to put in the finishing touches to the painting, but I thought I would photograph and share it here before the light starts fading for today:


First washes – landscape painting

In this step, I am laying in the color notes for the entire scene. The value scheme in normal daylight conditions is: sky and water lightest, ground slightly darker and upright elements like trees are in the mid value range, so that is something I keep in mind as I go along. The foreground grass is the nearest and warmest, so there is lot of yellow in that area which I mixed with new gamboge and phthalo blue. The left side of the tree at the bottom is nearer to us, it is a more saturated middle green:

painting trees in watercolor

The right side of the tree at the top is catching light, so it is warmer.  As we look at the tree against the light of the sky, our eyes cannot distinguish the true color at the edges of the tree, I have a established a grey color note in these places with a mix of winsor newton ultramarine violet and new gamboge and a bit of prussian blue:

painting trees in watercolor

Here I am painting negative shapes and strengthening the colors with deeper shades of green mixed with green gold, phthalo blue, ultramarine violet, perylene green and prussian blue:

painting trees in watercolor

The foliage in the middle part of the tree is behind the tree and catching the light directly so it is quite a bright yellow green. In the lower part of the tree, I am connecting the dark shapes with each other so that they form a pattern and not just random spots strewn together, I have lost my pencil lines altogether in the wet-in-wet washes so I am making up the shapes as I go along which is probably a good thing in the end:

painting trees in watercolor

Landscape demo in watercolor

I have started painting this landscape, the photo of which I had taken on the way upto Mt. Pilatus (I think!, my photo folders are all really messed up). The fall of the branches and stems looks so pretty, that I finally settled for this close up of the tree itself as the main focus instead of the entire view. Feeling euphoric to be painting in watercolour again!


I have put in a few leaves in liquid frisket to leave as highlights, then an initial wash testing the colors and getting my feet wet. I have used green gold and phthalo blue to get a green which I subdued with a red orange (Daniel smith Pyrrol scarlet):