Design in One Tone

This is a tonal exercise. Begin with a drawing. Divide your paper to make thumbnail size areas, either 6 or 9. Place your horizon line roughly two thirds of the way up the thumbnail. Than draw triangles for the yachts, remembering to make them smaller as they get further in the distance. Stagger them.

Now, paint one medium tone around the triangles. Next paint distance hills on the horizon. The application of the tone should be the same because the second wash will be darker. The top of the sky and the sea can be a second band of colour, both will be darker. If the paper permits, you can lift out a reflection with a damp brush.

Tip: In order to keep an even wash, continue to load your brush, maintaining the bead of paint.

Published by Briart

Artist, specializing in Watercolor landscapes and seascapes.

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