A few months ago my daughter Jessie, posted pictures of a hike she and her boyfriend had taken atop of Caesars Head mountain in South Carolina. The view is looking out at Table Rock mountain in North Carolina. I loved the photograph, and asked her to send me a print that I could paint ..
|Caesars Head mountain, South Carolina|
Because the composition was busy, I started by sketching in all the shapes first. This was done using a 2H pencil, which is just dark enough to see and won't smear when the watercolor is applied.
The next step was to lay down a light watercolor wash and then pen in some of the bark details.
I later darkened the foreground colors of the composition, leaving the lighter shades to recede into the background. After that dried I began layering all the bright warm colors of the leaves to the trees. Next I made sure to lower the intensity of the colors in the middle ground of the composition. creating that illusion of depth which is so important when painting landscapes.
The last step was adding more detail to the leaves and tree branches in the foreground with my Micron pen.
Hope you enjoy....
Have a great weekend.