Woodland scenes are beautiful (just take a walk in one or search for woodlands in google images if you can't. But there is so much going on! There are trees everywhere, leaves everywhere, and the wood just seems to go on forever. How do you capture all of that in a painting?
The answer, as ever, is to simplify. Squint your eyes and all the detail will disappear, just leaving you with the large masses of tonal shapes. These give you the 'skeleton' or framework for your painting. Once you have seen the few basic tonal shapes that make up the scene you can plan them out on your paper. And once again, when you come to paint, don't get bemused by all the details. Paint big simple shapes and slowly add more detail if, and only if, you need to.
This woodland scene I painted today was from a photo, but I altered and amended and simplified it right down to the basics. But I think it works. Why don't you have a go? (There will be a video of me painting this picture on my new watercolour landscape course in a couple of months time.)
Bright colours are just what are needed for cold January days, so here's another painting from the watercolour course I'm writing at the moment. Here's a sky full of colour that's painted from a photo of the South Downs in England.
It's the start of 2016 and I have just started writing a new online painting course. It's been in the pipeline for a while, but the new year seemed a good time to actually put brush to paper and fingers to the keyboard to write the course. It is a course on painting watercolour landscapes, and is structured to take you through painting the various parts of a landscape one by one. If you've taken my Complete Watercolour Course, then you'll have some (but not all) of this information already, but I'm expanding it and altering the way it is presented.
I'll post some paintings from the course here as I get them done.
Here's a couple from the Skies section, showing a sunny sky and a partially cloudy sky.