Choose colours raw sienna, cobalt blue, burnt sienna, neutral tint (or paynes grey which has a little more blue), beware the neutral tint will give a very strong dark colour. This composition uses wet-in-wet and dry brush techniques. Don't forget wet-in-wet needs the paper really wet and your paint will be diluted by the water - never paint to the edge of the wet part you will get a strong line. It's recommended to mix up your paint before wetting the paper!

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Roughly sketch the composition horizon line approx 1/3

Paint clean water across the top 1/3 of the painting and drop in blue allowing to flow down try to allow some white paper at the bottom. Dry completely. Wet the area again and paint in greens turn the board so the paint runs upwards. Use different greens, the darks should be at the bottom.


Dry completely

Use the same techique for the mid ground. Turn your board 90 degrees clockwise and start with  fairly dark blue/grey mix a lighter color as you move down then add darker again. We need the part in the centre that is almost white



Add the burnt sienna / raw sienna foreground wet-in-wet try to get different colour and tones (darker area on lower right

Paint the trees with a mixture of greens and burnt sienna  (how to draw a tree)

Add shadows under the tree Add more darks to foreground very loosely

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Start the trunk and continue with the branches moving outwards. Branches should not be too smooth (turn the brush as you paint). Colours and tones should change, the branch should get lighter as it moves away. use the same technique for the reads in the foreground. Whites are achieved by adding white gouache or scratching out the paint with a shap craft knofe  

Add more darks to the foliage - you can use a dry brush or a sponge.

  Add the ducks