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Basic, Two-Step Painting Process

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Description:  This lesson is designed to show you a simple method of painting.

Step 1- "Tropical Waters"
Step 1- "Tropical Waters"
14"x18" watercolor on paper

Step 2 (finished painting)- "Tropical Waters"
Step 2 (finished painting)- "Tropical Waters"
14"x18" watercolor on paper

  Above is an example of a two-step painting process which I have found is a good way to go about a painting.  The basic idea of the first step is to cover the paper.  I used a simple, two-color wash for the sky, followed by a one color wash for the water.  I also put in basic values of the buildings and used a few different mixtures of green to block in the grass, plants, bushes etc.  When I was done with this step, I decided to add a yellowish color for the beach. 
     The second and final step is to work on the detail of the painting.  I added some windows and doors to the buildings as well as refining their basic colors.  I used a very light wash of Raw Sienna for the roof to create an off-white color.  After the buildings were done, I put in some palm trees and added more detail to the grassy area.  The last part of this painting is to add the birds in the sky!

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