Author: Rod_Webb, Contributing Editor
|This is the reference photo for the watercolour painting. A view of the Avon River, which runs through our beautiful city of Christchurch , New Zealand.|
|A line drawing is available to download, click below to show image . Then right click and save.|
Large Line Drawing
|We first apply masking fluid to preserve the white paper for the white houses and the tree trunks in the background on the far bank of the river.|
Allow the masking fluid to dry completely and then lightly wet the whole paper. Apply a weak mix of cobalt blue to the sky and river areas. This way the colours of the sky will be repeated in the water colouring.
I also applied some raw sienna on the right for tree foliage , adding burnt umber at the top while the first raw sienna was still damp.
|We will be using raw sienna, burnt umber, light red and a dark grey made from ultramarine and burnt umber.|
First lightly wet the area you will be working on with clear water. Paint the water carefully around the tree trunk and at the bottom where the area meets the river bank. At the top wet a higher area than we will using.
Drop in some raw sienna first this will be diluted with the wet paper, then randomly apply small dabs of light red and small dabs of burnt umber, the dark grey is used at the top near the tree trunk.
By not applying paint right up to the top of the wetted area we will get a soft edge as the paint disperses in the upper wetted area.