Watch as I share my watercolor painting techniques for painting a landscape of a vineyard close to where I live.
You can see the supply list and read the instructions in the workbook: Abacela Vineyards Workbook
First is the sky area. Mix up a gray color using Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and Cerulean Blue. Put this color in random areas in the sky. Then begin painting the blue part of the sky using Cerulean Blue. Paint around the cloud shapes, leaving some areas white. Connect the blue and go a bit lighter as you reach the horizon line. Then before that has a chance to dry, mix up a nice yellow/green using yellow ochre and cerulean blue. Paint in the foreground being sure to paint around the building and the grapes. Use nice broad brushstrokes.
As you get closer to the bottom, use more pigment and less water. Try to skim across the surface leaving bits of the white paper showing. This helps create texture. Finally mix up a darker color using burnt sienna, cerulean blue and a bit of ultramarine blue. Use this to paint a shadow area as I did in the video. Add a few touches of dark to the foreground. Then relax and let it dry.
Once the painting is completely dry, you can paint the distant mountain. Make a cornflower blue shade by mixing ultramarine blue and cadmium red. You want to keep it fairly light in value.
Now on to the trees. Mix up a pretty thick olive green color using yellow ochre and cerulean blue. Paint the tree shapes quickly. Overworking is your worst enemy!
Then you can add some shadows to the trees by using a darker green (yellow ochre, ultramarine blue). Add trunks and ground shadows as in the video.
Moving over to the grapes, you can use your other yellow, either aureolin yellow or cadmium yellow with cerulean to make a light yellow-green. Paint this at the top, then make a darker mixture of the same color and paint the middle.
Finally paint the bottoms using an even darker green made with yellow and ultramarine blue. Paint the two trees above the grapes in the same manner as the previous trees. For the shadow side of the roof, use cadmium red and burnt sienna. For the sunlit side use cadmium red. Shadow side of the building is burnt sienna, sunlit side is yellow ochre.
Add a few finishing touches to the foreground to give the illusion of grass and foliage and your painting is complete!