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Landscape comprises the visible features of an area of land, including the physical elements of landforms such as (ice-capped) mountains, hills, water bodies such as rivers, lakes, ponds and the sea, living elements of land cover including indigenous vegetation, human elements including different forms of land use, buildings and structures, and transitory elements such as lighting and weather conditions.

Combining both their physical origins and the cultural overlay of human presence, often created over millennia, landscapes reflect the living synthesis of people and place vital to local and national identity. Landscapes, their character and quality, help define the self-image of a region, its sense of place that differentiates it from other regions. It is the dynamic backdrop to people’s lives.
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Landscape design focuses on both the integrated master landscape planning of a property and the specific garden design of landscape elements and plants within it. The practical, aesthetic, horticultural, and environmental sustainability components merit Landscape design inclusion. It is often divided into landscape design and soft cape design.

Watercolor (American English) or watercolor (Commonwealth and Ireland), also aquarelle from French, is a painting method. A watercolor is the medium or the resulting artwork in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-soluble vehicle.
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Adding color to a landscape design makes a plan come alive! It also communicates depth, texture and interest to a plan, and helps the viewer to better visualize the finished landscape. The following report reviews color palettes, explains various media available to the designer, and presents tips for improving technique for using color in landscape designs.

The best method for adding color is to use a simple color palette for each project and emphasize only the essential elements within the design, leaving details to the imagination. Overuse of color may result in a gaudy plan that is too busy and detracts from the design itself. While surfaces in the foreground need to be correctly rendered, in the distance, these same materials will appear only as values. Even highly textured surfaces will appear white in bright sunlight. An eraser can become the best tool in eliminating extraneous details and adding highlights.
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Watercolor is a medium that scares and discourages many people, because it is unpredictable, difficult or impossible to correct or change, it leaks, it streaks, and makes the paper buckle. All of these concerns are true, yet when we look at a masterfully done watercolor such as those of Winslow Homer or Andrew Wyeth we all wish we could do the same. That is because watercolor is a free transparent medium which always convey spontaneity even though the approach is most deliberate. One more note, there are many ways of approaching watercolor all of which I cannot hope to cover in one article, therefore I chose only one method which I practice and believe to be the most convenient. In this article I will outline this specific method of applying watercolor to illustration that will hopefully eliminate many of the problems encountered and allow for an enjoyable creative experience

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Watercolors and watercolor painting techniques by far outstrip all other paint media that newcomers use to start painting.

The medium provides the chance for virtually anyone to get into painting, with the minimum of cost and using relatively lightweight equipment.

For example, it's ideal for relaxing, holiday painting sessions. The almost immediate drying properties of watercolor paints mean you can produce a quick sketch of that wonderful landscape that's in front of you and will inspire you and remind you of that time for years to come... recalling the sights, sounds, aromas and emotions like no photograph alone could ever rekindle. Yet for many, watercolor painting techniques aren't always the easiest to master certainly until you get used to them.

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Black wash is a powerful and unpredictable ally that when tamed, produces delicate gray washes that are very unique. They can be controlled as smooth layers just like watercolor applications or allowed to "do its thing" by giving it motion freedom. Let's look as some typical wash samples. Above each is a small brush application of that technique.  

Watercolors can be the blending medium as well as water. The ink is painted first, and a water color wash touches the ink edge to pull it in the desired direction. Colors will be grayed by the ink.

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The color wash technique of painting involves the use of thin coats of semi-translucent paints (also known as glazes) applied over a high contrast ink wash. This technique can make for more dynamic illustrations with vivid colors and light contrast. Color washing is also considered less time consuming and more user friendly than traditional painting techniques. All you need are the right materials and a little bit of patience to create an amazing painting using this technique.

A wash is useful for providing a background or for covering a large area. It can either be done in one tone, known as an even, smooth, or flat wash; or gradually getting lighter, known as a graded wash.

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Still life drawings train artists to draw what they see, increasing their ability to recognize contrast and shape. When an artist first starts his training, he draws simple objects using graphite pencils. Pencils offer the benefit of being erasable, while working without color encourages an artist to focus on shading that represents contrast. To set up the scene for a still life drawing, an artist places a variety of objects on a level surface and adds a light.

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Two things govern the effectiveness of highlights and shadow in a painting. As opposed to the way most people usually paint in oils, in impasto (which means using thick, paste like layers and working from dark to light) in watercolor we traditionally work in thin, transparent glazes and from light to dark. For the layman this means establishing your areas in light and shade early on and if necessary, or if you’re able, “reserve” you’re brightest, cleanest highlights in clean white paper, building your shadows carefully, intensifying the deeper tones and shadow in a painting.

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Still Life is the best subject in art for learning and teaching the skills ofd rawing and painting. It teaches you how to look at objects and see them like an artist - with a perceptive awareness of their outline, shape, proportions, tone, color, texture, form and composition.

Our step by step still life lesson will teach you the drawing techniques used to create the still life above which was done with a 2B pencil on cartridge paper.

Pencil Drawing is one of the oldest drawing arts that require talent in understanding how to use the pencils to illustrate objects. It also requires ability to analyze the light and shadows on the object. Today, we will introduce some of the most talented pencil drawing artists and show their artwork.

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