Landscapes never really excite me. I know that every beginner watercolor tutorial out there is something with nature and landscapes. Whether it's how to paint a leaf, or a tree, some clouds or a rocks along a bubbling creek, they never really got me excited to paint. Now, that doesn't mean that I didn't do many of those tutorials when I was starting off, but it always felt like those were tutorials that I had to do to learn this medium, rather than something that excited me to paint.
However, every once in a while, some of those lessons come back to me as I paint a landscape piece. As I began to tackle this Endor piece, I was surprised how excited I was to start it. I found myself getting excited to paint this guy, but I was a little nervous. Painting a large 12x16 (well large for me) watercolor piece is always a little daunting, especially when you have to paint so many little leaves. As you watch this video, pay attention to the underpainting where I set the tone for the general lightsource and overall color tones for certain areas. You can see how I start with super broad wet chaotic strokes and dive instantly into one of my smallest brushes to create the majority of the foliage. Although I had a general idea of where I was going, a lot of this painting was reacting to the minor perturbations in patterns that were created with the large washes. Enjoy the process! Thank you for reading... YUB NUB!