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Quiet Time at the Lake (2/3)

Author: Carol Campbell (aka oleCC), Contributing Editor 


Lightly pre-wet the background tree area, down to the horizon line. Again, not too wet, just evenly damp. Apply this blue-green mix, dabbing with a pointed brush, to the whole light green area. When this is nearly dry, you can do this again to give a variety of values here.

When the above is dry, apply the darker mix to the lower row of trees. I find students often "mirror" the shapes of the lighter trees behind these - try to create a variety of heights and shapes. Let dry.

We can go back to this area later if needed to add more contrasts.

Now is a good time to apply frisket to the light yellow grasses, etc. I find a liner brush and/or a fan brush works well for this. It is better to have applied too much frisket, than too little. Be sure some of your yellow grasses bend over a few of the rocks.

Mix a few more puddles before going to Step 3. You will need (for the water area) blue, pink and yellow again to reflect the sky colors.

Step 3:

NOTE: I mixed some blue and pink together to develop the shade of lavender that I wanted first. You can just use the blue first and then wash over it with pink if you prefer. Both methods work. Let the blue dry first before glazing it with the pink.

Pre-wet evenly the entire water area. Starting at the horizon line, apply the blue (or lavender mix). Your brush strokes should be from side to side. Pull that blue down along the edges of the far bank. If your paper is beginning to dry, you will have to let it dry and then re-wet. Avoid any hard edges. While still wet, apply some pink about center page; add a bit of yellow here and there into the pink. Let these colors just softly blend together. You are reflecting the sky in the water here.

In the lower portion of your painting, the color gets deeper - especially in the little inlets. Just add a bit more pigment to your mix and paint right over your frisket and around your rocks. Let dry. If you want your colors to be a deeper value, you can repeat these steps before going on to Step 4.

Note the blue areas in this illustration where I have placed the frisket.

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