Painting a tree and grass on my cormorant painting

Painting a tree and grass on my cormorant painting – I added a tree and some grass to my gouache cormorant painting. Using warm yellows for sunlight and cool blues and black for the shadows, I tried to give the appearance of trees and grass in the early morning sunlight. The sun is rising on the right side of the painting therefore the light is on the right side of the trees and grass and the shadows (blues) are on the left. When I paint the grass I use a dark gray or black base coat. From there I add a green with very little white or yellow mixed with it. The green goes on top of the gray/black base coat. Then I add the highlights which is a pale yellow with Permanent White mixed with it. Please watch the video to see how I paint grass using a liner brush with the colors mentioned.

Painting a tree and grass on my gouache cormorants painting
A progress photo of my gouache painting which will include two cormorants.

Winsor & Newton Regency Gold 540 Series #2 Liner Brush
One of my favorite liners for painting grass, the Winsor & Newton Regency Gold 540 Series #2 Liner Brush.

Painting the grass on my cormorant gouache painting.
Painting the grass on my cormorant gouache painting.

Painting a tree and grass on my gouache cormorants painting
This photo shows the finished grass on the lower left side of the painting.

Painting Water On New Cormorant Painting

Painting Water on my new Gouache Cormorant Painting – In an effort to make my paintings more friendly to doctor’s offices, nursing homes and hospitals, I decided to replace the poisonous vipers with a pair of cormorants. Black vipers were a great subject with all their shiny scales. However, a poisonous snake is never a good choice of subject matter for an up and coming wildlife artist. Like the viper, the cormorant is dark colored and the symmetry of their feathers will not be a lot different from snake scales.

The Great Cormorant

Water has been added in front of the mountains and in the foreground. Painting Water
Water has been added in front of the mountains and in the foreground.

The Great Cormorant is a large duck species that dives underwater for very long periods of time to catch fish. If you’ve ever watched a cormorant, you have seen that they swim great distances when underwater. You’ll watch them go beneath the surface of the water. But they will resurface somewhere else very far away from where you saw them go below the surface of the water.

Painting Water

You can see the pencil drawing of the original black vipers in the foreground. Painting Water
You can see the pencil drawing of the original black vipers in the foreground.

In the photos and videos linked here, you’ll see how I painted the water that appears in front of the mountains. For the water immediately in front of the mountains, I use a darkened color of the mountains. Next I use Jet Black to paint everywhere else on the board where water appears.

Painting the reflection of the mountain in the water using a Regency Gold #1 540 Series liner brush. Painting Water Cormorant
Painting the reflection of the mountain in the water using a Regency Gold #1 540 Series liner brush.
About to mix water with the Windsor & Newton Jet Black gouache paint on a glass palette. Painting Water Cormorant
About to mix water with the Windsor & Newton Jet Black gouache paint on a glass palette.
Mixing water with the Windsor & Newton Jet Black gouache paint on a glass palette. Painting Water Cormorant
Mixing water with the Windsor & Newton Jet Black gouache paint on a glass palette.
Using a 1/4 Robert Simmons oval wash in this photo. Painting Water Cormorant
Using a 1/4 Robert Simmons oval wash in this photo.
Using the Robert Simmons 3/4 oval wash and Jet Black gouache paint. Painting Water
Using the Robert Simmons 3/4 oval wash and Jet Black gouache paint.
From this angle you can see the paint is still wet. Painting water Cormorant
From this angle you can see the paint is still wet.