Watercolor Quickie: Wet on wet painting – Morning Fog

Hi, this is Eric from Café Watercolor. And welcome to another quickie video and let’s
just jump into it. So this painting is based on a photo that
I took earlier this year at the end of the winter when I drove to work. It’s just another cloudy, foggy morning was
a wet road, very typical morning scenery in the Pacific Northwest during the winter, but
that also makes a beautiful subject to paint. And this will also be one of the few painting
that I actually use… the masking flew at because I want a lot of
big clean washes so I don’t have to paint around those tiny shapes when I paint. So as you can see, when I started my first
wash, I can just paint those shape over and knowing that those masking fluid will do the
job of preserving those tiny little highlights there So the first wash basically just really clean
wash from light to dark and then light to dark again the ground. And then after it’s dry I start the second wash. Second wash is basically the background, the
background trees and it’s actually very fun when you start to look at it sped up because
you see how the water flow in, how they’ve resolved themselves when they dry. So the huge thing of this painting is wet
on wet. So the way to create this sort of depths and
the distance in a misty distance is to make sure you pre-wet the area and then you put the
paint into the wet area so they were spread out the water would run and it will just
create this beautiful misty feeling. And as it get to the foreground you started
darken them. And then when that is dry, I start to work
on the foreground trees and they are darker and it’s still one big shape. You can see that I pay quite a bit of attention
on the silhouette of the tree because it’s a foggy day and everything sort of just covered
by the atmosphere. But what’s really important is for people
to recognize what this is, is the silhouette. So you can see I pay quite a bit of attention
on the silhouette of the tree. And just because I paint loosely doesn’t mean
I don’t put any care into the shape of the leaves of the tree and stuff. And I think that attention to the brushwork
is what really sets some great artists apart, those very delicate brushwork that you can
tell that this artist is very experience and they put in a lot of care into those and those
brushstroke has character into them. And I just very quickly before or the dark
paints are dry, just started to wet the surface of where to reflection will be and it started
dropping those dark paints to make the reflections. And as you can see I just kind of let it go
and that the watercolor do its work. And that’s what always excites me when I paint
watercolor is because I can never know what the end product is going to look like. I could have an idea how it’s going to look
because I’m more or less familiar with the medium itself. But to predict exactly how it will look is
pretty much impossible because there’s a lot of factors and that can frustrate a lot of
people because a lot of people want this control over watercolor and they want it to behave
exactly what they want, which is not the right medium for you if that is what you’re expecting
because the strengths of watercolor is this freshness and this liveliness and that is
something that you need to embrace. So let it flow that it bleed and let it paint
itself for you and all watercolor need is some good guidance that you provide. Dropping the headlight and the taillight with
gouache while they are still wet so it gives this soft glow and the mist, which is what
you see when it’s a misty foggy day because the light diffuse in the atmosphere and as
you can see when I paint the left trees, I bring those value into the car in the left
because that’s what brings the painting together. Now I paint the reflection of the tail light
and the headlight on the ground. And I add some more misty background trees
on the left because the value transition is a little bit too abrupt. So making a back ground tree on the left a
little bit darker makes the transition a little bit more natural. So this is my second quickie video and if
you have any question about painting or just me in general, feel free to leave to common. And I will try to answer that in the next
quick video if I can. And as I mentioned in my other video, my monthly
video, will take a pause on August because I’m preparing my online course, but I’ll still
put out some quickie videos in between for you. And here’s the finished painting. It’s a very simple but hopefully effective
misty morning painting in the Pacific Northwest. I hope you enjoyed that and I will see you
next time.


  • MKT

    I literally cried. don't worry it happens to me a lot whenever I see beautiful beautiful paintings and the fact that I can see how you do it gives me some kind of emotion. I don't know. don't mind me. Thank you for this! I am more inspired to paint and I learned a lot from this video.

  • Minoo Bhogal

    MORNING fog water colour , wet on wet lovely work .

  • Brajesh kanaujia

    Which paper better for watercolor paintings,sir

  • Anthony

    This gave me asmr

  • yogissjKaio

    Totally amazing and supeb, looks fabulous 🙂

  • Alex Phang

    hi. I wonder as a beginner what kind of paint, brushes and paper should i get



  • Hussian M Y hissain art Hyderabad

    Good job butful

  • Fisher 247

    As someone new to watercolor this is inspiring to see what can be achieved with this medium. You connect with your watercolor so naturally. The way you control the paint and water so well. Amazing.

  • Abhitendra Niranjan

    Hey Eric! I would really love it if you could do one of these paintings in a line video. Just love this one.

  • Sudhanshu Nirbhavne

    Hey Eric. I love your videos. They'd be much more useful if you could again mention the colours you're using our maybe just enlist the colours on your palette at the beginning.

  • Līga Jēkabsone

    This is exactly what I have been looking for! Most artists I've seen on YouTube, are very precise, decorative and controlling with their watercolor work, but it is not exactly the style I want to work in. Thank you for sharing your method, I will try out your tips!

  • Chad Sanborn

    wwowww! very nice

  • Mike Nino

    Nice painting I'm going to try this technique.

  • Kerry Rigby

    You BLOW my mind!

  • chikkachinijohannady

    Curious how you would paint neon lights at night or something similar 😛

  • Johanna Magdalena

    This caught my eye, and you earned yourself a new subscriber. I think its lovely! You are vert talented! and it looks just like Bergen, Norway where I live (known for lots of rain) Gonna try to paint this

  • Hands to sand sculpting and more

    Amazing. I only wish I can do what you can.

  • payel mondal

    Can I use water color on canvas? 😕

  • Louis Cipher

    How long have you been painting?

  • 3dart student

    Beautiful weathery painting, looks like someone is seeing through the glass of the car in rainy day

  • Mam Vivi

    Superbe ! And thank you for speaking so clearly and not too fast. Even I can understand you despite my failing English.

  • Fatiha Aaa

    Nice but hard

  • nordaka

    Very well done!!… what kind of white do you use Sir?

  • zmoullan86

    Enjoyed it very much thanks. Can't wait to give it a go.

  • Snook Berry

    Very Atmospheric

  • Jacob Poliquin

    Impressive work

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  • wang kaxi

    I like your painting, but I love your voice more!

  • Prabeesh A.K

    while painting please show us how you mix the colors and what colors are mixing for a foggy feel and proportion of the water .. it will help us ..

  • Christian Macasa

    I like the water when it flows by it self.. I really want to know how to paint water color cause i've been in a rough situation understanding how to paint water color.. Well, i am looking forward to learn from you.

  • Rohith Augustine

    Hey what camera do you use for capturing your paintings?? They look really natural!

  • Fran Egui

    OMG… A masterpiece

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  • William Davies

    That Was Rediculas .do you ever paint normal speed??????, several inocent beginners on hear need to be shown why you are able to do wash after was on top of each other without getting a darker tone ,what do you expect to achieve by this, show your true colours warts and all or do you like the self gratifcation you not to get,but i liked the finished artical,william

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  • Hartley Gabolinscy

    WOW. WOW !! 👏👏👏👏👏 fantastic. ❤️

  • Austin Howlett

    Wow what a great video! I love your style

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  • raymond scott

    Wow So confident, So good Thanks

  • Sharika Munshi

    Which colour do you use for the background shade? Only black or mixed something with black?

  • Arup Roy Choudhury

    Love the demo , awesome

  • Douglas Dishroon

    I realize it's an older video, but, I simply had to say how wicked beautiful this is. I am an oil painter, but, love watercolor. Ty for sharing.

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  • Prachi Mukherjee

    Superb…..I really enjoy ur painting

  • Mike Ivy

    I did a work assignment at St Jo’s Hospital and stayed in Tacoma, not far from The Gig Harbor Bridge…before it was a toll…and I would walk out of my apartment and see the most beautiful scenery. I live here in the coastal South which is one color….hot…. so I loved my summer there without an air Conditioner! Love it area of the world…plan on moving there or Oregon to retire!

  • God's Disciple

    This is so good. Please continue making this kind of videos. I support you. You are an amazing person!💜

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  • ordazmin

    Can you please make a "real" step by step tutorial?? thank you!

  • Nabin Art

    Wow great work

  • Razan Ahmad

    Could you show us the shapes of the colors that your using while you paint in your next video?

  • Prachi Mukherjee

    What a realistic painting….just speechlesss

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  • Bhargavee Goswami

    Wow! I could almost smell the foggy morning air. Beautiful.

  • Jo Shmo

    this guy good..

  • isaac Iconic

    this is so amazing…i like the control over the brush

  • christocr

    Painting with watercolor "loosely" and "letting it flow" is one way to use watercolor–and a good way, as we can see on this video. It's a beautiful painting. But, I think most watercolor artists have a sort of restricted view of what watercolor can do. The real beauty of watercolor is that it can be used very "loosely" as in this video or on the other extreme it can be used in a dead-on photorealistic manner as well (check out a Steven Kozar painting or video). I like both. But as an artist myself, I find that I lean toward a very tight, controlled style of painting in watercolor and gouache (more like Kozar, although nowhere near as good as he is. I wish I could paint like him).

    So of you are new to watercolors and painting, be aware that watercolor is a VERY versatile medium–you can paint loosely as in this wonderful example in the video, or very focused and concise. That is why I like painting in watercolor/gouache much more than oils–it's a natural choice of medium for those who like to do both. Gouache is also an underrated medium–you can paint wet-on-wet or wet-on-dry without waiting for days and days for the paint to dry. You are in control, not the medium. Same applies to watercolor.

  • John Leitaker

    I hate you. In such a good way.

  • Saeed Unnisa

    The voice over is so calming I could listen to this all day.

  • Lata Anand

    M unable to find any word in dictionary to match up the creative skills n hardwork of the artist on this painting….👌

  • Abdulaziz Saleh

    Thank you 👌😁
    Amazing work…
    I like what you say at the end… about questioning anything 🤓
    Please tell us what is the best quality of watercolors we can paint with ???
    Thanks again 😁

  • Sue Thatcher

    Just beautiful ❤️

  • John Leitaker

    THE word is magic, ninja magic. It's just like Akihito when a move really works

  • El Espectador Anónimo

    Listo, ya me suscribí… Thanks for sharing your talent.

  • rainbowdk lh

    Wonderful painting. But the video shows too fast, so we can not really enjoy the process… Anyway I like your painting

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  • Himani Mahajan

    It's amazing… it seems to be very easy but it's very hard…I had tried but it's not my cup of tea

  • Jeff Hayes

    Absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing this. It is a great video and a beautiful painting. The narration and the video is one of the better "instructional" videos that I have found on youtube for this technique. Thanks again. I really enjoyed this.

  • Geneviève Gâté

    oh lala j adore félicitations

  • Painting With Ray

    so you paint on a block you don't stretch paper first?

  • Khalid Osman

    V good 👍

  • Adrienne Williams

    I love this so much. You are incredible!

  • Dave Tsang

    I love your wet on wet painting a lot! 👏Great job, Eric! 👍

  • camilo anders cañoles cañoles

    Great job. Thank you

  • Alex T

    I like it.

  • Elien Seys

    did you also use guache for the reflection of the headlights and taillights?

  • Jan Trager

    What kind of paper do you use

  • sweetpea

    What is the one COLOR that you are using here???

  • Preet Mondal

    I think that the head light and tail light reflection is too much than the body reflected on the roadway but the landscape is awesome. Can you share some tips with me? Please sir if it is possible.

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  • Linda Smith

    Just gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing your incredible skills and technique. It is so very effective!

  • Paul Gonzo

    I want your brain, man!

  • thewoodman

    I just discovered you. Scenes such as this are very interesting to me. I love this watercolor you have done. Magnificent! Thank you for sharing it.

  • Mark Wright

    Eric, what white product did you use for the headlights? Titanium W or a gouache? My apology if you mentioned it previously. Thanks

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  • Clo Dess

    Quel peinture blanche utilisez-vous ? Merci

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  • Funk O'Matic

    WHO da hell disliked this… 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

    must be really sad to be them.

  • Rohil Sharma

    which kind of colour you have used in your painting ?

  • David Price

    Its nice isn't it.

  • Mario Lee

    Omg which colours youre using

  • Ebi Hay

    Oh, excellent, you are amazing

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  • VR 4EVER

    Its sad that you sped it up so fast, needed to watch it @0.25 and 0.50 speed to grasp what you are doing …… great painting though!

  • sajida perveen

    O it's just 💓 touching i love it

  • callmedeno

    So wait did he only wet the paper once?


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