Forsythia Sketch Painting Tutorial
Watercolor Sketching Tutorial

by Jennifer Branch
YouTube Watercolor Painting Tutorial
Paint a beautiful spring garden. Birds are chirping, sunlight is lovely and the forsythia is blooming. Come paint in my garden and enjoy the spring!
Forsythia Sketch Painting Tutorial Watercolor Painting tutorial


Sketching Tutorial Level

Beginner
Intermediate

Skill Building

Sketching

Flowers

Art Supplies

7" x 10"
Arches Cold Press

Isabey Rigger, no.4
Isabey Pointed Round Sable, no.8

Paints

M. Graham watercolors

Azo Yellow
Cadmium Yellow
Pthalo Green
Cobalt Blue
Viridian
Quinacridone Rust
White Gouache

Painting Demonstration 1

Forsythia Sketch Painting Tutorial Watercolor Painting Lesson 1

Start by dashing some ago yellow around the paper. Have fun, let your brush dance.

Next, start bringing in some darker cobalt blue mixed with quinacridone rust to contrast.

Painting Demonstration 2

Forsythia Sketch Painting Tutorial Watercolor Painting Lesson 2

Now I'm layering on my darks. I want them to merge into each other and have areas where the blue or the rust wins. So I roughly mix on my palette, but the real mixing is happening on the paper.

Painting Demonstration 3

Forsythia Sketch Painting Tutorial Painting Tutorial 3

Now you're seeing areas of cooler and warmer backgrounds.

Artist's Tips

Really have some fun painting loosely on this sketch!

Painting Demonstration 4

Forsythia Sketch Painting Tutorial Painting Tutorial 4

I love starting to add the mid darks. The bright light yellows of the flowers really start to show up.

Don't wait until the end to do this, otherwise it's easy to over darken the flowers.

Painting Demonstration 5

Forsythia Sketch Painting Tutorial Painting Tutorial 5

Layering on different tones of yellows.

Painting Demonstration 6

Forsythia Sketch Painting Tutorial Watercolor Painting Tutorial 6

Some really rich brown darks make the yellows so intense.

Adding the bright greens makes everything start to take shape.


Forsythia Sketch Painting Tutorial Watercolor Painting tutorial

Final Watercolor Sketch!

It's a crazy time in this world but spring is still all around us. Take some joy from what you can see out your window or in your backyard. We can still have so much joy from just taking a deep breath and appreciating the world around us.

If you are stuck at home, use this time to do something you find joy in. I hope it's painting!


Happy Painting! Jennifer Branch

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