An Italian landscape

Watercolour, watercolour, watercolour.

That’s what’s absorbing all my time in the painting room at the moment.

After acquiring – some – understanding of different techniques and possibilities in watercolour painting I just can’t seem to get enough.

I like the way the water makes the colours blend.

How it dries so quickly.

Doing a wash.

Working in different layers.

The unexpected contrasts and outcomes.

So I did another painting.

It’s based on another tutorial by Tim Wilmot, and showes an Italien Tuscan Village Scene.

So I started by drawing a loose sketch, to place the different shapes on the painting and try to get the perspectives right.

Again, I had a hard time keeping it loose, stopping myself from adding more details quite a few times.

The light was a bit rough, so I don’t know how well it shows on the picture, but it looked like this:

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In this tutorial you didn’t do a complete wash of the paper.

Just adding on paint to the different elements one by one.

So I started with a wash for the sky.

Then a wash for the buildings on the left.

Then I added colour to the trees and bushes both in the back and front of the bridge.

Then it was time to give the bridge a light wash, before adding some details to it.

I then added some shadows, windows, doors etc. to the buildings and painted in some shadowes in the trees and bushes.

It ended up like this:

A view from Italy

All in all I think it turned out ok.

There are some patches of paint in the sky which I should have dried up with some paper.

The trees and bushes could also have had a greater variation in colour.

But it was fun to try out a watercolour painting without an initial wash.

Now, on to the next one!

6 thoughts on “An Italian landscape

  1. This is beautiful! I love art so much because there are endless possibilities.
    I’m Markie, I have a writing blog and an arts/crafts/cooking blog. Most of my paintings are fluid art; watercolor is something I have never really even dabbled in other than buying the supplies! But it’s an art that I’ve always wanted to learn. I’m going to nose around more of your posts, and probably follow 🙂 Come visit me sometime!
    https://southpawpoet.org
    https://southpawpoet.org/greengemini

    1. Thank you! Yes, the possibilities are endless, and it never turns out exactly how I plan. Especially with watercolour the water makes it so alive, having it’s own will, so you’ll just have to go with it. I definitely recommend having a go at it, even though it can be a bit frustrating.

      You seem like a very productive blogger, and from what I can see your paintings look lovely 🙂

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