Saturday, June 2, 2012

Watercolor Painting Forest Path and Bridge

This is a quick study of a bend in the path by my house. I go up the path often and every time it is unique and fresh.

This was done in watercolor on 120 lb paper, the size is about 5x8. I spent only about an hour on it, since the daylight was fading and the shadows were moving quickly.

A watercolor of a path in the woods.
Watercolor Path and Bridge.

I feel that I was trying to do too much in this painting.  At first I was intrigued by the tree and how its branches wrapped around making a little portal for the path to snake through and lead to the bridge. Then I wanted to do more with the bridge and then I wanted to develop the background. I think by holding back I made it into a good composition.

I got a little caught up with the bridge and the background. I struggled with the texture of the forest leaves and the many different greens in the forest.  I felt the values were a little too flat so when I got home I lifted some of the color from the background; I knew there were problems when I painted it and kept trying to make the foreground tree darker but was afraid of making muddy colors.

I used a broad bush for the under-painting and then my smallest brush to develop the trees and leaves. I finished with a signature brush for the fine lines in the trunk of the near tree.

I think that even though it is a nice painting it will be only a study for a future project maybe in oils.

(c) Adron

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