Bluebell Woodland watercolour stage by stage
Bluebell Woodland watercolour is something we can all relate to. We all have a favourite wood, where the bluebells roam, a carpet of blue. Where the sunlight streaks through and the sweet scent of bluebells fills the air. Memories of such moments is what I’ve tried to capture in this painting. It depicts a favourite wood of mine, but with elements of other bluebells in woodlands that I have discovered over the years. As soon as someone recommends a bluebell wood, I have to visit. Do you?
Painting foreground or background first with watercolour
With so many trees to paint in this Bluebell Woodland watercolour, it can be difficult knowing where to start painting. First I have decided which tree trunks are birch trees. This is because I don’t use masking fluid or white paint. The paper is the white, so I have to paint the birch tree trunks separately to the other trees.
The other dilemma is that the leaf foliage is at times in front of trees and then behind trees. With my style of watercolour painting (pure watercolour) I cannot mask or overpaint areas or subjects. It is a delicate process of painting different sections of the painting, rather than concentrating on one area. I am making decisions all the time, as to which trees are in front and which are behind other trees and foliage. So I am switching between painting the foreground and background.
Bark detail and perspective
So not only do I have to think about when and where to paint next, I am also considering the foreground detail in the bark. The tree trunk on the left is the nearest and shows more detail and texture in the bark. Then right in the background, deep into the wood you see the tree trunks are crowded together with different colour barks. The tree trunks are also thinner. This adds to the perspective of the Bluebell Woodland. You feel as if you are being drawn into the wood, amongst the bluebells.
Is a bluebell blue or purple?
Bluebell Woodland painting is nearing completion. More foliage has to be added and then I can concentrate on the carpet of bluebells in the foreground. So which colour are bluebells? They have been depicted in paintings from a strong deep blue hue, through variations of purple, to pale lilac hues. There is no true answer. The time of day and the strength of sunlight can affect the colour we see. In botanical studies the bluebell tends to be a lilac hue with a hint of a blue tone.
Bluebell Woodland watercolour painting is finished. The silver birch have kept the white of their bark and the barks in the foreground have texture. The bluebells have a lilac hue with a hint of blue.