Wet into wet backgrounds

Demo 1

A drawing is made showing the far bank and trees and the main structure of the forground tree. No detail is included as this will be drawn in with a rigger later.

The area above the distant bank is worked wet into wet and a mirror image is painted to depict the reflections in the river. It is left to dry.

The foreground tree is painted using a small round brush for the trunk and a rigger for the branches.

Snow is painted on the tree using gouache darkened with a little grey.

Colours used for this study were indigo and cadmium red light for the misty sky colour. Cadmium yellow for the sun. A darker sky colour  for the distant trees and sky colour with a little brown for the foreground tree. Other colour combinations used were light red and ultramarine and cobalt and brown madder .

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