Watercolor painting of 'Ruins in the forest' by Katarzyna Kmiecik.
It's a very unique and atmospheric landscape created with a very limited color palette.
The idea was to use only shades of green (mostly olive green) and violet for this painting. I also decided to put first layer of paint completely independently, before the sketch was even made, to make it look more loose and natural.
Romantic ruins are in the centre of attention, but they don't overshadow the trees, which look very magical in all those greens and violets.
I have almost no time to paint or draw this year, so it took me several months to complete this watercolor. It was a real chellange to make it fell like a whole, even though it was painted one hour at a time. I always had to quit before I really started to paint with pleasure (before I was 'in the zone' :P) and because of that I was affraid all the time that it will look like it was painted by more than one person - stylistically inconsistent and too detailed for a watercolor.
I guess I didn't have to worry. My HUGE experience helped me not to ruin this painting, but it still may fell a little inconsistent due to the many different moods in which I was painting it (and some ofthem was very dark...).
The original of 'Ruins in the forest' was painted on B2 watercolor paper (50x70 cm / 19.7" x 27.6") with White Nights and Windsor&Newton watercolor paints..
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