Watercolor Landscaping



I have really grown to have great respect for landscape, seascape, naturescape, and plein air watercolor artists!  I find these scenes very challenging, but often get the itch to try.

Most attempts have been less than stellar, but I keep trying.

One of my favorite watercolor artist bloggers, Debi Riley, recently shared a simple monochromatic landscape that was so striking in a blog post she called, “Start Easy (and don’t poke the bear).  I had to give it a try.

I mainly used Raw Sienna in various tones using the simple design Debi created.  I couldn’t resist adding a bit of Burnt Sienna and Quinacridone Gold and having it resemble Autumn (with some falling leaves made from my unavoidable “Jodi splatters,” but this was a great step  in building landscape confidence.

Doing this one gave me the confidence to give landscape another try.

This time I followed the style and tutelage of Terry Harrison, an amazing watercolor artist from the UK I recently discovered through the ArtistNetwork.tv site.

Country Lane Late Summer Landscape Watercolor 11x14 Artistico

Country Lane Late Summer Landscape Watercolor 11×14 Artistico

I had fun painting the rolling hills and trying a different way with trees using more of a stippling effect.  I really didn’t have the right  brush and subbed a scrubber instead – not quite the effect I wanted, but confidence-building nonetheless.  I am fascinated with what a difference adding shadows makes too.

I may not be a pro at this yet, but I am up for the challenge, and I am going to keep on landscaping!  Watercolor that is.  I’ll leave the tree pruning, mulching, and grass-cutting to hubby.  As long as I provide a cold iced tea every once in a while, there are cookies in the freezer, and I bake a pie now and then, I think I can get away with it…

Happy Landscaping – whichever kind you prefer!

Cheers & Hugs,



59 thoughts on “Watercolor Landscaping

  1. Glad that you jumped into the difficulty and discovered that you were able to do it. Your way, which way, however which way….important thing was you helped build your confidence and accepting that there are still more to see, learn and explore. We will always be in the dark if we won’t try, right? High five Jodi! ❤ 😉

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  2. I find painting landscapes difficult too, Jodi! I will have to check out Debi’s post as I love your monochrome landscape and the colors you chose. 😄🎨 Shadows really brought your second painting to life! It looks lovely to me!! 🍃🍂🍃

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    • funny that sometimes it comes easy – and other times not. seems if I try too hard – I struggle – but if I just “feel it” – it goes well – oh who knows – lots of room to grow – hopefully lots of time to practice 🙂 Thanks Kathryn! 🙂

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  3. Gorgeous! I really love the second one. The distance is really well done. You focus right on the road you going in and on, then all the beautiful green and trees around the path.

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  4. Great job, your landscapes are really rocking!! I like them both but LOVE the first one (bet you’d have guessed that). Simple and beautiful I think is so key. I’ll have to go see Debi’s post too. A simple color palette usually doesn’t happen with me unless I do it on purpose but they make strong statements. Well done!!

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