Sunlit Foliage

Diablo Lake

When out on a trail a quick photo and a sketch are a great way to capture the scene and create a lasting memory. While the trail sketch allows the scene to be edited and put in perspective, final color tends to be a studio practice.

In a recent class with Molly Hashimoto she shared some watercolor techniques with yellow to enhance sunlit foliage.

  • Use a non granulating bright yellow such as Azo Yellow or a Hansa Yellow
  • Keep the color pure for the sunlit areas and the paper white under the color

Azo Yellow

Azo Yellow [top] shown with other tube yellows

“One can speak poetry just by arranging colors well”

Vincent van Gogh
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