Pines and flowers (watercolor art)

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Hi friends!

Today I've another watercolor spring landscape

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I use my own photo as a reference.
I liked these two pine trees, illuminated by the sun.
I decided to change the plot a bit, add dynamics and more details that characterize spring.

Art materials
Today I also used white gouache in my work to show a new drawing technique.

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I start work from the background, this is the sky and the earth somewhere near the horizon.
For the sky I mix cobalt blue and ultramarine, and for the earth I add ocher.
I leave the lower right corner partially unpainted, there will be remains of snow

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With the same paints, with a thicker composition, I draw trees in the background.
Somewhere I add more blue, somewhere more ocher. Closer to the ground on the trunks I add natural sienna.
I deepen the shadows in the ravine where the snow lies
For the image of a hill where pines grow, I take cadmium yellow, ocher red cadmium orange and the same ultramarine (for the shadow side)

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So... To create clouds in the sky, I use this method - I apply drops of pure water to the sky area so that the paint is slightly washed out.
Then I create the shape of the clouds with a clean dry brush.

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I make shadows on the clouds with the same mix of cobalt and ultramarine
When the paper dries, quite realistic clouds are obtained.

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Now the pines.
They will be slightly tilted, as if from the wind.
It looks very nice and dynamic.
For the image of trunks, I take yellow ocher, red ocher and natural umber.
And for crowns I mix grass green, yellow-green, ocher and cadmium yellow.
Secret: to keep the green from being too saturated, I add a drop of cadmium red to it to achieve a natural green color.

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To make the hill beautiful and blooming like spring, I add different tones to its different areas - somewhere pure cadmium, somewhere cadmium with orange, somewhere more red, somewhere brown.
This is a completely intuitive process.
For green areas, I mix cadmium yellow and grass green colors.
Secret: to keep the green from being too saturated, I add a drop of cadmium red to it to achieve a natural green color.
I also add ultramarine to the shady sides of pines and drop shadows from them.
I also add shadows under the trees near the distant forest and near the snow in the ravine

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And finally, the most fascinating drawing technique is spraying.
I dip the end of a flat brush in white gouache and lightly tap it against the other brush so that the splatter falls onto the paper.
Important: so that the splashes fall on the area that I need, I cover other parts of the work with pieces of paper.
In the same way, I spray a green watercolor mix on the pine crown area to increase the dynamics of the drawing.
And I add more a flowers another colors on the hill by individual strokes of a round brush

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Here is such a windy and bright spring landscape I got today!
Have a creative spring day to all!

Regards



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