After what’s been a good watercolour period using tutorial videos, I decided it was time to do one all by myself again.
This time I had three specific tasks in mind:
- Choose a (quite) simple scene to paint
- Don’t spend too much time doing details
- Keep the painting loose
So I chose a photo we took in Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia a few years back, which looked like this:
In this scene the boats are pretty much the objects to focus on, with a nice contrast in the trees in the back.
So I set to work, doing a wash:
The colours I used may have been a little too bright, and the trees in the back got a bit more dominating than I intended.
Anyway, then I did the final layer:
What bothers me about this painting is that after all those tutorials, learning to paint in a loose style, I still can’t do it.
Also, the shadows are non-existent, and the poor blend of colours make it look flat.
I’ve also added way too many details. Both the water, sand, boats and trees should have been more cohesive, blending together in a natural way.
I’ll need to challenge myself to be able to paint in a looser style.
So let’s hope I’ll do better in my next attempt 🙂