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Easy blended backgrounds in acrylic
Grass in watercolour
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Snow on smaller branch was masked. First Washes applied wet-on-wet and table salt added in the shadowsFirst washes on the birch trees - wet-on-wetmore darks added on the smaller branchDrybrushing added to the birch on dry paper. Slight curve to the drybrushing helps create the shape as well as texturemarkings added to the birch bark - smaller pale dashes with a liner and larger blemishes drybrushed with darker paintSome more definition added to the mounds of snow. Smaller branches and grasses are added. Masking fluid is removed shadows are added to the snow on the smaller branch
Fallen Birch - Jan 2018 Watercolour
Iced Tea - Dec 2017 Watercolour
Candle Card - Nov 2017 Watercolour
Winter Stream - Jan 2018 Watercolour
As a rule I genenerally start with anything that will be painted as a wash or wet-in-wet. I drew the footprints and kept those areas fairly white as I applied the blues in the snowAfter fully dry (so not to disturb the first wash) I rewet and added darker shadowsThe dark shadows of the footprints are added  (wet on dry) and a few more light washes on the surface of the snow wet on dry and then soften with a damp brush to smooth any hard edges.Dark foliage is added on drysmall refinements and details added
Footprints in the snow - Feb 2018 Watercolour
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Snowy Trees - Jan 2018 Watercolour
This exercise was to take a B&W photo and create a coloured painting from it using the correct values. I started with the darkest value (leaves) so that I would more easily judge the mid-values correctly.Using any colour at random I created the roundness of the pots by simply making light and dark areas working wet-in-wetThe flowers were added - again with any colour at random but keeping the values correct.
Flower Pots Value Study (from B&W photo) - Feb 2018
to be continued ...
Tree by the Hill - Jan 2018 Watercolour
With a large flat brush and 2 shades (I used blues) create a sweeping section of light through the 8x10 canvas (wet into wet for smooth blending)Carefully cut circle templates with bristol board in various sizes. With a barely damp large flat brush I picked up lighter colours and lightly drybrushed the bokeh circles using the templatesSome of the bokeh circles are partial circles for an added effect. The larger template and very dark brown were used for the center of the dandelionAdd a green stem and lightlight/shade each side.Trace a roll of masking tape for the outside of the dandelion (chalk pencil).  Drybrush the outer circle of the dandelion with an outward stroke and then the inside so that it's transparent.Add white dots for every seed head - about 3/4" - 1" apart.With a script or fine liner add the white lines to the dandelion seeds. Floating seeds don't need drybrush .... just paint white with a liner and add the brown seed
Dandelion with Bokeh Background - Feb 2018 Acrylic on Canvas