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How to paint a wheat field in Watercolor

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In this watercolor tutorial, we will paint a picture that is described as a vast landscape of wheat fields. The clear blue sky, the mountains and thousands of trees, the winding dirt road, and the golden wheat fields. All create a very beautiful scene, it gives me indescribable emotions. Of course, it is also a wonderful subject for painting. The process of watercolor painting is divided step by step for you to easily follow.

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Necessary Materials

Paper:  Arches 140-IB (300gsm) Rough, 8.27″ x 11.69″ (21cmx29.7cm)

Brushes: Large flat goat brush, rigger brush, and calligraphy brush. 

Watercolors: Naples Yellow, Orange-Yellow, Yellow Orches, Lilac, Lavender, Indanthrone, Greenish Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Jaune Bright NO.2, Sap Green, Sap Green.

Other: HB or 2B pencil, Pallette, Water bucket, Drawing boat.

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This guide is an available demo video on my youtube channel, Thank you for watching.

The Step by Step Process Wheat field Watercolor painting

Step 1: Make a Line Drawing

After sketching the wheat field scene on watercolor paper with a 2B pencil. The first thing I do is I wet the paper, because I want to work wet into wet as long as possible and get those loosenesses, so I wet the front and back. In this case, I did not use tape to secure the sheet of paper to a drawing board.

By wetting both sides of the watercolor paper, I can get those soft edges in the process of working with the wet-into-wet technique.

Step 2: Painting the Sky of the Wheat field Landscape Painting.

Start by painting the Sky with a mixture of Lilac, and a touch of Indanthrone Blue and lavender. While the paint is still wet, continue to add more Indanthrone Blue and lavender to the previous mixture to deepen the sky’s value.

Step 3: Paint the Forest.

While the paper is moist, Paint the forest in the middle ground with various light washes of Naples Yellow and a little of Yellow Orches. Next, add a mixture of Indanthrone Blue and Sap Green to deepen the tree’s shadow to suggest the light coming in from the left.

Step 4: Paint the Mountaints

Paint the mountain behind the forest with Payne’s Gray, and drop darker values dots to show distant trees. Then, use a mixture of Lilac and Lavender to paint the farthest-away mountain. Notice, that objects farther away are dimmer, cooler, and lower contrast.

Step 5: Begin Wheat Field and Dirt Roand

At this point, the paper has dried a little. I realize its moisture is not enough so I re-wet the paper with clean water by using a large flat goat brush.

By using a few light washes of Lemon yellow, I paint the wheat field from light to dark. While this paint is still wet, add a little bit of Orange-yellow and Greenish yellow to make the golden field more vibrant.

Start painting the grasses in the middle of the dirt road with Lemon Yellow. Next, Use mixtures of Indanthrone Blue, Lilac and Jane Briliant No.2 to paint the dirt line on the side. Keep this layer loose and soft-edged.

Develop the wheat field by deepening the Value by using a mixture of Lemon yellow, Greenish yellow, Sap Green, and a touch of Indanthrone Blue. These dark areas will help the yellow of the field stand out more.

Paint the shadow of the wheat rows on the road, by using a thick-paint mixture of Lavender and Indanthrone Blue. Keep the light coming from the left.

Step 6: Develop the details of Wheat field Landscape Painting

Develop the details of the whole painting. Such as branches of the tree in the distance, the roughness of the dirt road, bushes on the side of the road… etc.

Use a rigger brush or small round brush, with thicker paint to develop details of grasses on the right, make sure not to over-detail.

Finished watercolor Wheat field Watercolor Painting

I have finished Watercolor Painting Landscape Wheat Field. After all, I hope you enjoyed the process of creating the watercolor landscape painting- wheat field, and if you like this you can give it a try. The important thing is that you practice hard and be patient.

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