LESSON AQUARIUS. SEASCAPE
The best way to understand the watercolor technique is to start with a seascape. Even if you do not have experience, it does not matter. There are ready-made solutions in order to master the technique of watercolor.
There are hundreds of examples of how people, without having an art education, I began to create beautiful works of art. Something turned on inside them, and they began to realize hidden abilities, found themselves.
There are certain rules and laws in any art technique. If you decide to move in this direction, then my advice will help you achieve your goal faster.
I offer you a series of watercolor lessons that will make your progress towards mastery quick and effective. To do this, you can subscribe to my free course in watercolor painting, the first classes of which will be devoted to MARINE LANDSCAPE.
If you already have experience in watercolor, then seascapes are an excellent training in almost all the techniques of this capricious technique.
10 MISTAKES BY THE BEGINNING ARTISTS IN THE MARINE LANDSCAPE AQUARIUS:
Using a small brush, or a brush that does not absorb water well. Therefore, it is difficult to fill large surfaces, dries very quickly.
The horizon line divides the work compositionally in half. Or the horizon is not flat and not horizontal.
Not enough water for first registration. Use of a small or incomplete water container.
Inanimate color. A clean, for example, blue color is taken, and there is no warm support for it.
An attempt to return and add something in the first layer when it began to dry out.
Application of several strokes in the same place, not allowing the water to distribute the pigment itself.
An attempt to “finish” the sky after the foreground appeared.
Dryness and opacity of dark details.
An attempt to do a very “finished” work.
The same approach to the details of the foreground and background.
ON THE EXAMPLE OF A LANDSCAPE WITH SAILS, WE WILL TRY TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO SOLVE THESE AND SOME OTHER PROBLEMS.
I want to focus on three points:
We use only 3 colors.
We use a different touch – both raw and dry.
We write the sky at a time.
We wet the sky with bright ocher clouds, leaving the lightest areas white. The edges of the smears with ocher are washed away with water. The brush should be fairly wide.
Mix neutral black and blue. This mixture will be used in different proportions – sometimes more blue, sometimes black. We will also use its tone in different ways.
We prescribe neutral gray areas along wet ocher. Let the paint drain and mix naturally on paper. All this happens in damp areas, the silhouette of the sails remains white and dry, so the paint does not flow there. We also help guide water with a brush.
Immediately after the first registration, we intensify the tone of the dark areas of the clouds with the same mixture, but richer. We can only do this until the layer begins to dry.
Allow the water to flow freely and you will be amazed how it is capable of creating the illusion of dramatic lighting, space and freshness.
We leave a dry touch with the illuminated part of the sails. Sails remain white, we prescribe them later …
We wet the surface of the water with ocher, leaving unwritten sections of paper as a reflection of the sailboats. For dry ocher, we write with a mixture of blue and black in proportion, where there is more blue. The paint is mixed on paper, the transition is soft and natural.
Prescribe ocher water surface. With horizontal strokes we apply a mixture of blue and neutral black. We use indigo to enhance the contrast. We leave light areas of reflection of the sailboat in the water.
Dry with a hairdryer.
We write the falling shadows on the sails. Pour ocher with plenty of water into them. It turns out a transparent reflex. We write the shape of the sails and lighting details. Enhancing the contrast in the shadows.
We shape sailboats in the distance.
Back to the details in the foreground. We take for this a very thin core brush.
In dry, we make several horizontal indigo strokes with plenty of water, enhancing the texture of water and contrast. Finish by adding a few seagulls to create a romantic mood.