Texture : Painting bark in watercolor

This week i want to paint a texture, one in particular : a pine tree trunk.

Pine trees have a very textured trunk and this texure is very specific to the tree. So if you want to paint this beautiful tree, better get this texture right ! With a bit of observation and study you’ll be able to see that this texture is not so difficult to do. For this image a wanted the trunk to be the star of the show so i took the same reference picture as the one of two weeks ago but zoomed in. But i also want some context to the trunk so i keep a bit of pine needle and thivy growing up the trunk.

With watercolor, you can totally spend hours of work and get a very detailed and realistic painting. But you can also take another way, by using some tools to make the work easier and sacrificed some realism for expressiveness. Of course i took this way ! So with a bit of plastic wrap, here you have a very expressive bark of a pine tree and it almost painted itself !

Painting a trunk in video

Painting a pine tree trunk in watercolor - ENGLISH VERSION

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda Último nº18, Rosemary & Co serie 39 1/2″.
Paper : Arches hot pressed.
Colors : Nickel azo yellow (Daniel Smith), Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Burnt sienna (Daniel Smith), Lavander (Daniel Smith), Indigo (Aquadrop Schmincke).

And here you have the finished painting (click to enlarge) :

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