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|How to Paint a Picture of a Lighthouse in Watercolor|
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FIRST, put clear water in the sky area being careful to go around the lighthouse. Then drop in dark and light blue in random patterns. Dark blue above and light blue below they can mix in the middle. Leave random areas white for the clouds. Let this dry
Use light and dark green for the grass the dark green is on the lower part of the picture and the light green is up high nearest the lighthouse. If the lights are not light enough then use some tissue and blot some out. Let this dry.
After the background blues of the sky is dry wet the white areas where the clouds will be then swish in some yellows and oranges. Next, on the tops of the upper clouds swish in lavender and purples and blues. Let the colors blend naturally, but you can use a clean damp brush to move the colors around.
Use dark blue for the ocean in the background. Remember, keep the color light at the top and dark in the lower area.
The lighthouse is round so it is lighter on one side and gradually becomes darker on the other side. Use a brush with watery blue-gray and wash the lighthouse with an even coat of water paint but leave one edge white. Pick up the picture and hold it sideways slightly so the color runs to the darker side of the light house, it should have a gradual effect. If it doesn't look like it is round let it dry a little and add some darker color to the dark side. If the light side is not looking lighter use tissue and blot out some of the colors.
DO NOT DO THE BLACK STRIPES YET. LET THIS STEP DRY while you work on other areas.
While the shadow around the light house is drying paint the black top of the light house. Paint in the row of trees on the horizon with dark green and black. This should be much darker than the lawn in front of it. Use blue-gray for the shadow side of the work house.
Add details to the foreground lawn by mixing a darker green and draw a few lines back and forth for texture.
Paint the base of the light house gray/black.
Paint in the path with mustard yellow or light brown.
Use black paint and add the stripes on the light house. Give the work house black shadows for the windows and the roof. Use more black on the base of the light house if it looks like the sea is blending into it. If the sea is too dark use a brush with clear water and a tissue to lift some color out.
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(c)Adron Dozat 8/24/16