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.

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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.