Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle Gouache Painting

Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork - Using a Windsor & Newton 540 Series #1 Liner I add highlights to the grass.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork – Using a Windsor & Newton 540 Series #1 Liner I add highlights to the grass.

Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork – This post explains how I painted the grass in the shadow and the grass in the sunlight using gouache paint that is waterdown and a thin liner brush.

All paints used are gouache. I began by painting a base coat of black. Specifically, I used Jet Black from Windsor & Newton. Jet Black is generally the most opaque and cooler of Windsor ∓ Newton blacks. Ivory Black is not as opaque and warmer in color than Jet Black. For the base (darkest) grass color I mixed Permanent Green Deep, Jet Black, Permanent White and Pthalo Blue. Because I’m painting blades of grass with a liner brush (Windsor & Newton Regency Gold 540 Series #1), I water the gouache paint more than usual. This allows for thinner paint strokes which is what you need when painting thousands of blades of grass.

Painting Grass in Gouache

Finally, I add the highlights to the grass. These are the tips of the blades of grass that the sun hits first during sunrise, or last if it’s a sunset you’re painting. For the color of the highlights, I mix Cadmium Yellow Pale with Permanent White. If I want to give the impression of an early sunrise or late sunset, I’ll add orange or a red to the highlight color. Oranges and reds or more prevalent before sunrise or just after sunset.

Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork -Here is a close up of the completed highlights to the grass.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork -Here is a close up of the completed highlights to the grass.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork - Using a Windsor & Newton 540 Series #1 Liner I add highlights to the grass.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork – Using a Windsor & Newton 540 Series #1 Liner I add highlights to the grass.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork - You can see a fifty fifty mix of the grass with and without the highlights.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork – You can see a fifty fifty mix of the grass with and without the highlights.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork - Less of a close up.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork – Less of a close up.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork- As it looks within the entire painting.
Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork- As it looks within the entire painting.

Consider these posts on how I painted the feathers or painted the talons on the Golden Eagle.

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