Spring Greens... a Mid Devon landscape step by step

Spring Greens... a Mid Devon landscape step by step

We have been blessed with some sunshine recently and suddenly everything has burst into life. The trees are covered in leaves, the hedgerows are bursting with flowers ,  young green shoots are everywhere , the bees, butterflies and birds are all back with abundance. I am lucky to be surrounded by all this green and have decided to share with you my step by step painting of the lane that snakes out of our village. I love the bend in the road as it makes you wonder what lies ahead. 



So this is my photo of what I am going to paint. I take a close look as I don't want to paint every blade of grass or every branch. I am in control and can add or take away as I please.


1. I sketch out what I am going to do



2. I want to paint from light to dark, so I first very quickly paint in a quick sky with cerulean blue and lots of water



2. Next I paint in the background bank with light spring greens and yellows.



3.Next I paint the right hand trees and vegetation on the right, paying attention to the lights and darks, and I paint the lightest colour of the lane. here is where I use artistic license , I use a mixture of cobalt blue and brown but a very weak wash. Things are getting filled in.



4. Now I can begin to work on the focal point of painting. The tangle of tree on the left hand side. I use yellow ochre for all the branches but while they are wet I drop in a mixture of cobalt blue and cad.red which is my 'go to' shadow colour on the left of all the branches. I also want the tree to grow from the vegetation so I wet and paint the tree coming out of the undergrowth 



5. Now by adding a darker mixture of cobalt blue and cadmium red I can add more shadow.By darker I mean more concentrated, so less water in the mix. Therefore more contrast. Really making the tree the star of the show and showing those deep bright shadows we get on sunny ,late spring days.



6.All that is left to do now is add the shadows on the road and under the tree. I really want to make the tree 'pop' and lead your eye into the painting. Make sure you mix enough colour to get it done in one go and go for it.If you are worried maybe practice first on a separate paper, same colours as before cadmium red and cobalt blue. I also add some splatters and splashes ( just because I like the looseness of them ) and you don't get them in a photograph.


I hope you enjoy these step by step blogs, and feel inspired to have a go yourself .



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  • Rachel Toll

    That would be great thank you where is your watercolour class?

  • Debbie Bellaby

    My watercolour class loves your work (ever since a member brought in 2 of your prints). We may be attempting this. Thanks so much for sharing. Would you like to see the results?

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