Watercolor Painting - Country Cottage and Garden (Wip)

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WIP=Work In Progress

The Background's Second Layer of Color

With the second layer of colors I define the shape of the object and the colors. I add some shadows to give the subject shape.

The third layer of color for the background trees will be mostly shadow and additional textures. The light source is coming from the left side of the painting. You can see the shadows cast by the eves of the house. I have to keep in mind where the light source is coming from when I add shadows. The right side of the trees will be in shadow as with everything else that cast shadows. I do this instinctively now, but when I was first learning how to draw, I had to constantly check my shadows to make sure they all agreed with each other.

I will be working my way down the painting to fill out the white areas with paint. I will leave the last layer of the background until later when I finish adding the first and second layers of color to my painting.

Second Layer Of Color

22 x 30 inch cold press, 300lb cotton watercolor paper

I work mostly wet on wet, let the color dry and scrap away color for the highlights. I need strong paper to do this and Arches watercolor paper is some of the touphest paper I've found. It will take a beating and still carry the water and paint evenly without pilling.

First Layer Of Color

I had to enhance the drawing with some filters on my iPad so you can see the lines. The lines in normal light hardly show up, and the paper is an off-white. The filter not only enhanced my pencil lines but they also caught the texture of my cold press watercolor paper.

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    Wow it's amazing! I feel it like an Asian home! I wish to see the final artwork soon my dear friend!


    It is a very well structured post with good content. I like how you explained each process of your work. i hope the final result is perfect, the details of the kitty I love and has a style like Egyptian or something similar. I'm amazed with your work . Excellent post, greetings.


    Thank you @sfpoulcolin, that's my cat Cleo, her coat is dark browns, blacks, and oranges called a tortise shell.


    you have a beautiful cat. i really love it.

    Wow wow wow, the cottage is progressively closing in to completion. This is looking beautiful already and I bet it’d be a piece of amazing beauty when it’s completed. Anticipating the completed work


    The cottage will be easy, it's the plants that are difficult...so many textures and colors along with shadows. Thank you @olumideolowoyeye

    @reddust, Second layer of the color for background being gorgeous looks. I have no idea what about final production's color combination. But I know you make it awesomely.

    I add some shadows to give the subject shape.

    That is a great thinking for add more value to this painting.


    @madushanka, I will be adding darker shadows to give the trees depth, it's a spatial trick that makes art look 3 dimensional. Thank you !

    Do you ever use sandpaper?
    I know of people who have ... basically washed parts of their water color. Scrubbed it clean.

    But, if you get one of those foam sanding blocks, would it work like a big fat water color eraser?


    I've never used sandpaper, that would freak me out...hahaha

    I use non staining colors if I want the white of the paper to show through after I rub off some of the color. Or I use a staining color for the base and rub of the additional layers...

    I'm afraid sandpapering the paper would change the spread of the paint and it's color...I've never done this technique...

    I will try it on a separate piece of paper to see how it works...lol

    Try using black markers for edges, like very dark so you can easily know boundaries while coloring to avoid overlaps, water color is really hard to use sometimes.... Nice painting btw


    The third layer of color will define the trees and foliage. That won't happen until I finish applying the first and second layers of paint throughout the rest of the painting. Many times I use pen and ink to outline my subjects but I decided to keep this painting strictly watercolor. Thank you for the suggestion @onos!


    I get your point of view now. That's cool

    Wow. A great work is coming out. As a source of inspiration, it reflects the warmth of the heart. Congratulations @reddust


    I nice little cozy home full of pretty gardens and trees, that's my idea of heaven @turkishcrew.

    The WIP seems to be headed in the right direction.
    I can't wait to see how it looks when it's done


    Thank you @motivationmob, I like how it's coming along too. Sometimes I don't but that doesn't stop me from working. Sometimes things don't look right but as the painting progresses everything adds up in the end.


    I suppose its kinda like life, sometimes it just doesn't seem like its going right, then somehow, all the pieces just line up on the own and some magic happens ;-)

    Wow another work in progress

    letting the water dry off on the paper? Wouldn't it disturb the precision of the colour layer?


    I let the paint dry and add precision lines for definition, add more water to blend. I let that dry and come back and rub off some of the paint with a damp brush for highlights.

    I see your talented skill via every paintings. Second layer adding to art work now I see outside's trees embossed better now. It's attractive and after another once will be good painting.


    I am happy with the outcome so far @dragonking, thank you.

    I love seeing the step-by-step style drawings, they make things look simpler. It's looking great.


    @rosargelisperez, I break a painting into steps, it makes everything simpler and I won't get lost in detials which I tend to do. I save the detail work for last....(my favorite)

    Amazingly beautiful that color.
    I am very interested in that.
    thanks you for share my friend @reddust

    beuty very well

    Very beautiful art. i really liked it


    Well done! Nice work!

    really amazing this photo, i really like

    Beautiful artwork thanks for sharing with us

    That is another day of your grand visualize painting. It's stunning much with color effects. Can't wait long time for finish work @reddust.

    This is pretty I must confess. The painting of the tree looks like the picture of the brain from a distance.

    sanding it, but it works like Robert, it's a very good humor since I got to the water. I saw a lot of things before I knew this post.

    It is looking beautiful. I can just imagine the whole project finished.
    Looking toward the finished product.

    Amazing job @reddust

    It is indeed getting into shape of the true portrait.Keep it up .The end result of the painting is sure gonna be great that I believe @reddust

    your painting increasingly showing its color, I so guessing myself about how the results selanjutya ,,;))

    I'm late again, but here I am. The process of painting with watercolor, I was investigating; I used a specific technique that is related to the drying of the ink, the tonality of the color used, the order in which those colors are used, the dilution of the watercolor and the drying on the paper; this time is different when using a canvas or canvas frame.

    You stand out, I admire those who have that ability. We will soon see your work finished, but take your time... A fraternal greeting.

    All this work seems really incredible! It's so detailed and it looks so perfect! Everything you do is so wonderful and for me it is a pleasure to share all your progress in this drawing

    I like the yellow color of the fence. I enlarged the picture and saw how you filled the gaps with green.

    As the layer comes and the beauty of the drawing looks more gorgeous, i have read about color layering from your post. We are waiting to see it final and complete art.

    Your comparison between painting and meditation is very beautiful. I think it is applicable for all the trades that we perform. You have to know our weaknesses and the way we function to be able to take advantage of ourselves. Dear @reddust

    From your blogs and writings I've learned you have many great talents one of which is your artistry thank you so much for your watercolor it's looking good. @reddust

    Come on, the masterpiece is being prepped. Work in progress, I hope this one is going to be the best of all.
    Looks good so far, I'm amazed to see your painting skills.
    Great work my dear. Keep going

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