Friday, January 14, 2011

Fun With Brush Strokes - Impressions of a Landscape Painting

Quick 5 minute study of a landscape
As I get ready to teach my For Beginners Only Class, I am having fun remember the joy of discovering what your brush can do on the watercolor paper.  It is so exciting to watch the colors mingle and combine to create new and unplanned colors.  Why not have fun before you sit down to some serious painting.
Pick 3 colors (I used Cerulean Blue, Quinacridone Sienna and Nickel Azo Yellow).  Start with the blue at the top for a impressionistic landscape.  Switch to sienna and then yellow as you near the bottom.  Before the painting starts to dry,  mix the yellow and blue for some greenery.  As you paint, play with your brush to see how many different types of strokes you can make: soft edges, hard edges, dry brush strokes, flicks, splatters, twirls..... Just play and don't worry about what the painting will look like. 
I would love to hear back from you....Let me know if this was a fun thing to do!


Laure Ferlita said...

Hmmm, I think I'll give this a try—I'm in serious need of some paint and water!

Jacqueline said...

Paint + Water = good for the soul