Paint a Foggy Pine Tree Landscape with Watercolors. | Emily Davis | Skillshare

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Paint a Foggy Pine Tree Landscape with Watercolors.

teacher avatar Emily Davis, ARTIST || watercolor artist

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Intro.

    • 2. Set up and Materials needed.

    • 3. Choosing Paint Colors.

    • 4. Practicing Washes.

    • 5. Practicing Technique.

    • 6. Starting our Landscape.

    • 7. Adding Final Details.

    • 8. Outro.

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About This Class

Have you seen those Landscapes that look Foggy, Moody and distant, but always thought they would be too hard to Paint? In this class I show you how! 

Today we will be diving straight into Painting a Foggy Landscape. I teach you the steps needed to ensure that moody feel and have you practice the technique beforehand to ensure success.

Today's Class is short and Sweet and Beginner Friendly!

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Emily Davis

ARTIST || watercolor artist


Hello, I'm Emily.

I'm a Mom of two and a painter during nap time. I've always had a passion for art, ever since a young age. It wasn't until I was in my late teens that I discovered watercolor and even then it wasn't until after my first born that I decided to give it an honest shot. Let me just say I LOVED it!

I'm so passionate about creativity and creating beauty through art! I really hope I can bring that to you in simple ways so that you can also express yourself through painting! 

I'm excited that you're here!


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1. Intro.: Hello and welcome to another one of my watercolor classes. My name is Emily and I'm gonna be teaching you this very simple foggy pine tree landscape. We're gonna jump right into it. I'm going to teach you the techniques behind this and then we will work on are actually escape. So I hope you enjoy and without further ado, let's just get started. 2. Set up and Materials needed.: To start, I'm gonna go over the materials that we're gonna be using in today's class. So we're going to be sticking to a color scheme of green and brown with a little bit of black and gray. You'll want to grab a PAL, I want to grab two shades of green. This is actually a gray day B's Gray. It's a grade a little bit of a green hue. I really just want agree that's more on the lighter spectrum. So more on the white side than the black side. Then you're going to want a black and you're going to want around. So those are the colors that we're gonna be using in today's class, European. And then whatever paper you choose is now I am going to be showing you this on a rough textured paper. And it is ideal that you use a paper that has a little bit of texture, a little bit rougher paper that can hold a lot of water. Because you're gonna be working with washes. And I will show you what that means. If you're unfamiliar with washes. But you want something that's more of a higher-quality paper or just more of a traditional watercolor paper. Now, whatever paper that you choose is totally fine, is totally up to you. But what I am using is a paper that comes in a block. So this paper is all stuck together in one big block. And the purpose is that you paint first and then you break away from your block and it is supposed to help your paper kind of stay flat, not warp. So with that, I'm going to be teaching this class on an actual block of papery. Now, if you don't have a block of papers, just use your normal paper, tape it down to a solid, sturdy surface and makes sure that it was laying flat. You don't want your paper at any kind of inclined because they're gonna be working with a lot of water. And as you know, water will pour downward. So you want your paper to read completely flat so that your colors have the best bet at blending and staying consistent throughout. For the purpose of today's class, I'd like you to take off your paper in a landscape orientation. 3. Choosing Paint Colors.: Now that you have your paper taped off, are going to start with our colors are going to put them in our trace. So we're going to start with our gray and we're gonna put that on the same side with our black. If you don't have a separate gray, You can use black. The only thing is black is so dark and so you want something that can mimic fog and shadow. So ideally, It's preferred to not use black as your grade for this purpose, but you could use the tiniest touch of black and the tiniest touch of green and just really dilute it and you get something similar to a Davies grey. Now I'm putting my brown right next to my black. And then the two greens that I'm using, one is more of a warm tone green and one has more of a cool town green. And we're just using this so that we have some depth so that we're not using the exact same greens. It doesn't really matter which green you're sticking to. It adds a lot to a painting if you have a few different shades of green, even though they might be very similar. Now that we have our setup already, I'm actually going to have you set that all aside and grab a separate sheet of paper. And we're going to start practicing the techniques that I'm gonna be teaching you in this class. 4. Practicing Washes.: Now I have a separate sheet of paper here. And what I'm gonna have you do is using this for, are practicing our technique. We're going to be taping it off. So tape off all four edges and then tape off a cross in the middle. Once you do that, I'm gonna have you go ahead and bring back your paints and we're gonna go ahead and get started. What we're gonna be doing is we are going to be practicing some techniques and we're gonna be following the progression of the painting in today's class. So what we're going to start with is what we would be doing first and our painting. And then we're going to add a little bit more so that we're practicing our technique and practicing the approach to this sort of landscape, the sort of foggy tracing, what we're going to need brush wise is a wash brush. If you don't have a wash. brush, you can just use the largest brush that you have. Ideally, you want one that's pretty large because you're gonna be working with a lot of wire and a lot of blending. You don't want to be goings tiny sections at a time. So if you don't have a large brush, I would consider investing in one, especially a wash brush. And then you're going to want a medium and a small brush. So I have an 86 right here. To get started. We're gonna get our paper wet. Now, I'm gonna have you start with a gradient wash. So this is going to be a wash. That starts dark and works its way light. So it's not going to be the consistent color across the whole paper. And I'm going to have you get that paper wet, wet enough. There's not going to just instantly dry out. But I don't want you to have water pooling in the corners here. And then taking your large brush, which is what I will have you use in this painting for this progression, are going to retaking Arab gray color. I'm blending a little bit of it out now. You want enough color that you can cover the whole paper with this. So starting at the top, you're going to put in a majority of your color. And as you go down, you're gonna want to dilute. As you go down to the bottom, to the base, you're going to want it to dilute it a little bit. So right here, lower portion is practically white, is practically the color of the paper itself. So that is a gradient wash and it can work the other way to. It can work dark to light, whichever you're using for your own personal work. For this landscape though today, I'm going to actually be doing a little bit of a gradient, but pretty much a basic wash. So for the next portion, we're going to get it wet with our washed rush. You're gonna take that same gray. But instead of making it light, you're going to just do one solid color all the way across. So with this, you don't have to work in any particular order. I do still find it more helpful with blending to just start start at one side and just work your way down to the next. But unlike the other one where you are diluting your brush and moving the color you've already placed downward. We can just keep adding that fresh, new color onto the paper so that we get a very consistent color across the board. Someone that's our main wash. We're gonna be doing the exact same thing in this corner. You get your paper wet. Going in with our gray a wash. But we're gonna focus the majority of the color on the outside of the paper. Now this is a smaller paper then what you'll be using in today's class. So, and we'll be a little easier to make these washes. So you want to keep that in mind as you're blending your practice, your technique, and what you find works really well for you is what you'll want to do in today's class. We want to let that sit for only a few seconds before we move on to adding our first row of pine trees and this first row of pine trees. You want it to look so faint, so foggy. We're gonna take that same gray with a tiny bit of this green. And we're gonna put, we're gonna do a few taps like this. Neither Sosa represent pine trees that are really foggy. So you can put little taps up to make a point, but you don't want to add too much detail because it's gonna blend into the already wet paper. So it's really not worth it to put a tunnel work under these pine trees. And they're also going to be a distant pine tree. So the majority of the detail trees are going to be up here in front. And just keep working like that member, different heights, different widths. We want this to look like a forest and also blend out your baseline. So as you can see, that mean just such faint pine trees. So that makes pine trees that just look like this, so much cloud or fog surrounding them. And we're going to just build on top of that on the next side. 5. Practicing Technique.: This next side, do the exact same thing you've done. Put down your wash, get your paper wet, put down your gray. And I'm having you do this so many times because this not only allows you to practice your technique, but it also just helps you just really know what you're doing before you get into it. Because the worst thing is when you dive headfirst into a painting like this that's completely wet while you're working wet on wet the whole time and to not know what you're doing. So I'm having you practice each step so that when you get there, you're prepared for it. Again, letting that sit for just a couple seconds before we move on to our next row of pine trees. So we're gonna go in with our gray and blend in that green. And we're going to start with the first tap. Now. What I like to do is working from one side to the other. And then while you go, move down and go and move down and go and move down. And that just kinda helps you not miss any spots of your paper. And that way as you're going, It's not drying completely. Well paper staying nice and moist. So it's not like you're working on one row and then you realize this back corner down here is our new drying out. Because what this kind of a wash or this kind of a painting that involves a lot of washes and the paper is wet the whole time. You really don't want to add more water on top because it actually will just ruin it. It will dilute everything you've got and it'll pool. It just won't work very well for this type of landscapes. So you want to make sure that your paper is staying wet the whole time while you're working on it. Ok, so we're doing that again. And now what we're doing is the exact same thing, but we're adding another layer on top. So I'm gonna go in actually with a little bit of black in that gray green combo. And a little bit in this green over here with a little bit of Brown's, we're gonna kinda London altogether with this green to give you a just basically the same color but darker. And now this one is where you can start to kind of fan here. Branches out a little bit because it's going to look a little bit more detailed, these trees a little bit closer to you. Or that's the goal is to make them look like they're little closer. But they will still be looking pretty faint because they're still blending into that water that you already had on your paper. And adding a few tabs over here on the science makes it look like you've got branches. It's kind of a fun little trick. This is also nice because you can kind of blessed your way into making it seem as if there are pine trees, can kind of just make random tabs. And because it blends itself out, it's believable. And we're going to let that sit and dry completely. And then we're going to take off the tape and reveal what you've worked on. Now I can see you've got these trees look a little closer. Those are definitely distant. These are very distant. And your gradients have this one's a much lighter looking gradient that's darker. And that's what we want this as a good practice for the painting that we're gonna be doing. So with that, I'm going to have you bring back your other paper, change out your water. And we're gonna get started on today's landscape. 6. Starting our Landscape.: Getting started, you will create your wash. Now the majority of today's landscape, well, we painted with the paper wet. So you want to make sure that it's wet and that's that's not going to dry while you're working because this is a larger piece of paper. Now, taking your largest fresh, we're gonna create that wash. So we're gonna go in with their gray. And we're going to add just a tap of ground. Make sure you have plenty of it. Because you want to cover the whole painting. Now, if your paintings RD drying out, I would add a little bit more water at this point. And if not at sign. So starting at the top, make our wash. Now it does get a little bit harder when your paper is this large. So I do recommend going in sections and kind of making sure that section's blended in well. Now down here you can kind of do like that gradient because you're going to be adding in different color. Make sure you have it all covered. Wash off my brush completely, and go back in here in the center and kind of work my way outward in so that the center is a little bit lighter than the rest of the painting. With the median brush before this is completely dry, like we practiced are going to put in our first row pine trees. And we're gonna make a color using this green with a little bit of brown. Started putting an r prime trees. Now, when you are practicing this, the pine trees were very small. I'm going to have you be going a little larger than that. And also as you can see, this contrast is very bright, so I'm going to actually go a little bit lighter than this. I'm gonna add some water and start building up my pine tree shades. Shading out, making sure my pine trees seem pretty tall and full. And then in the middle here, it's going to kind of just be the land. The middle here. It's going to just be lands are not gonna put any pine trees right here. We are going to put one right here on the side. So as you can see, these are already blending out so much that it's almost like there are non-existent. And that's good. We kind of want that. And we're going to add our other side leaving that middle white. Remember, or light. You want to make sure that you're keeping this lower portion of your paper wet. So keep adding a thin, thin layer I recolor right there so that it does not dry out because you really don't want that to start drying out before you can even get to it. Now this pine tree and the edge is going to be a nice tall pine tree. So as you can see, this one right here is much darker than that one. So we're going to just add a little bit of darkness over here. Now remember it's going to all blend out and a little bit more over here into this one. So that looks like those An's are closer. Leaving this for just a few seconds. We're going to then move on to our next drove pine trees. 7. Adding Final Details.: Now you're going to want to let that paper dry a little bit, but not completely so I can touch it and it's not blending the color too much, but it hasn't completely dried. So we're gonna move on to our bright green carry some over here. I'm going to put in some of our brown and a little bit of our black. And now what we're gonna be doing is creating some pine trees using both are small and medium-sized brush. So keeping them handy are gonna get this color. And we're going to start over here. And we're going to start putting in some pine tree. Now. The paper is still wet enough that it'll blend a little bit just enough that there's not like a harsh line, but it's not going to be blending all the way up into this landscape anymore. So what we're going to have to do for that is just kinda dilate your brush and soften out those edges Using X to no color on your brush. And then going in with your small brush, you're gonna want to put in some actual branches. I'm putting in some actual branches. Are these trees. Now keeping this side of the paper's still wet. So we're gonna move on to this other side right here. We're going to have three trees. Now keeping in mind, the paper is almost completely dried out with just the shape of our trees. This and it'll be taller. This one will be smaller and the sun will be even smaller. And then blending downward into that corner. Clean up your brush and just with water, wipe up, swipe this edge. Now going in with your smaller, you're going to want to add in those branches again. And what you can do to mimic the paper being wet. It's rinse off your brush completely and just kinda tap at that color you've already placed so that it blends outward, but you're not adding more pigment and that will kind of make those trees look a little bit more soft, I guess is the word. Now what we're gonna do here is while this paper's still lie before it dries completely as we're gonna get our medium-size brash and we're gonna get this black kind of blended into velocity of this color just a little bit you don't lend to reach super black. And we're going to create our shadows in our landscape. So I'm gonna make like a little hump right here. Starting with these two bases of the pine tree, fill this whole corner. A little hump in the middle right there. And then C right here where you've got the base of the pine tree, you want to fill that in. And there's kind of a light spot right here, leave that light and then fill in this corner. So that good ads some depth to your landscape. And then I'm just going to soften this little spot. And there you have it. There's a landscape. It was super easy, but it just requires a lot of attention because your papers wet the whole time. I'm gonna go ahead and let it dry and then we're going to remove our tape. 8. Outro.: And with that, we're done for today. I hope you enjoyed today's class. I hope it was easy to follow along and that you're happy with the outcome of your painting is a very easy approach to recreate. So I hope you keep practicing at home and I will see you guys next week.