I recently finished a landscape of sunlit trees and created this luminous glowing effect with color and some techniques that I would love to share with you. Check out my Youtube Tutorial:

I started off wet on wet background adding in the very light sky color and adding in the yellows transitioning to the greens. I tried to keep a limited palette of just yellows, oranges, and greens, mixing contrasting colors to get the deeper shadow colors. My second layer was working wet on dry and using varying consistency of paint I just drew in meandering lines for the trees, adding some spritz of water to have soft and hard edges for different texture effects. While the trees were drying I would work on the foreground banks and the road. I recently entered this in the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society show. I recently became a member and can now start showing my work which I am very excited about so I can meet other artists and develop my skills. My daughter named it "The road to luminous trees" :)

Supplies I used:

Arches Watercolor paper 9x12 140 lb cold pressed paper: https://amzn.to/3z0dhP3

Watercolor paints: Isoindolinone Yellow Deep: https://amzn.to/3H9GrOLYellow ochre: https://amzn.to/3qouFJzSap green: https://amzn.to/3Jk05JGHookers green: https://amzn.to/343hWEyBurnt umber: https://amzn.to/3eq37OwBurnt sienna: https://amzn.to/3qvZSuCPhthalo Blue Red Shade: https://amzn.to/3sCHrqKTranslucent pyrrole orange: Sepia: https://amzn.to/3FwzcjmNeutral tint: https://amzn.to/3H9puE6

Holbein Watercolor Kits:

12 5 ml tubes: https://amzn.to/3Frc31L

18 5 ml tubes: https://amzn.to/3qlUY32

24 5 ml tubes: https://amzn.to/3Eqfy7t


My favorite: Princeton Black Velvet series brushes: https://amzn.to/33MzDbk1-inch flat brush: https://amzn.to/32Z58PiRound 8: https://amzn.to/3Jfijw3Script liner brush: https://amzn.to/3ekvnlAFan brush: https://amzn.to/32iOU3y

Exacto knife: https://amzn.to/3mPeC6D

Water container I use: https://amzn.to/3Enrfvv