Hi everyone. I’m Jane and today we are going to get meditative with this zen pond painting. Make sure you check out the video description below for a full list of materials and let’s get started! So the first thing we are going to do is paint in our background. And we’re going to start light at the top slowly going down to darker here where the horizon is going to be and then lighter again for the water To paint in this entire background I’m going to use the 1 inch flat brush and we’re going to use 4 different colors: most of which is going to be white but I’m also going to include all 3 of these colors in with the white. So I’m going to take my brush and wet it in the jar just wipe a little off on the edge. I’m going to load up with white paint. lots and lots of white paint. And then I’m going to grab a little corner of brown… just a little bit. And a little corner of my Hooker’s Green And then also a little bit of yellow. So notice I didn’t mix these. I’m going to let them mix on the canvas. And my brush strokes are just going to be kind of random. I’m not worried about blending those colors together I’m just covering the canvas. I’m also not worried about trying to cover all of my brush strokes… I like the scattered effect you get with your brush strokes showing. As I go down, I’m going to slowly increase the amount of color I’m picking up with the white… a little more brown…a little more green and a little more yellow. Start just below where I left off… and work up into it to get a blend. But it doesn’t have to be a perfect blend. I kind of want this background to look like maybe there’s some more plants growing off in the distance. So if there’s a bit of… a scattered effect with this… I think that just helps add to that look. I’m going to pick up a little less white this time… and more brown more green… and more yellow. If you get too much of one color or another just pick up some of your other colors to mute it. Don’t be afraid to go up in that last color. Now, even less white… and more, more, more of the other colors. A lot of this background is going to be covered once we start adding the plants and everything. Now, I’ve still got a little white on here so I’m not going to pick up anymore. I’m going to grab some brown… some green… and some yellow… and I’m going to do the same thing, pretty much, right here. Just get it on there. But then I’m going to go horizontally… and just lightly blend it into those colors there. Grab some more white… and horizontal again blending up into that color and back down This is going to be the water with reflections. All I’m picking up now is white and just letting the rest of the colors that are still on my brush tone that white. I think I actually want this part a little bit darker. So I’m just going to grab some more brown… But I am going to grab a tiny bit of white so that it isn’t quite so transparent. I’m going to use the edge of my brush and just go across that horizon a bit. I’m using really light pressure there… Just to blend out any brush strokes. Now the rest of this painting is going to be done with this round brush. This is an old round brush that I have It’s very soft. and at some it looks like I cut the tip of it off. So it doesn’t have a point. It’s kind of rounded. So any round brush that you have that you’re comfortable with so long as it doesn’t have a sharp point will work. So if you have an old brush but it has a point just get some scissors and snip that point off. Now we’re going to start painting our rocks. I wet my brush in the jar and I’m going to pick up some black paint. And I’m going to decide where I want the bottom rock. And the bottom rock is going to be the largest one. So I’m going to have it sitting right about here… about halfway between the bottom of the canvas and the horizon line. And I’m just going to make a little line where the bottom of the rock is going to be in the water. Now, these are rocks… so they have irregular shapes. So don’t worry about making them a certain shape making them perfectly oval, or whatever. You can make it any shape you want. And while we’re filling it in if you end up going outside of the line, it’s ok. Just reshape the rock however you want it. So, with that in mind and this bottom rock being the largest… I’m just going to start up here and kind of make a little bit of an irregular shape. I’m going to keep the bottom fairly flat, though, since it’s going to be under water. Make it a little larger over there about like that…my background is still wet so it’s pulling those colors but I’m not going to worry about that right now. So while you’re stacking these rocks kind of be mindful of how they might balance if they were real rocks. So I wouldn’t just draw a rock over here and straight up there or scatter them all over the place. I’d look at them and try to visually balance them. So I’ve got a higher spot here So I think that’s where I’m going to have my next rock be And the bottom of this rock doesn’t have to be real regular but I just want it to touch the very top of that one. And it’ll come up about like that… and maybe out there. Now, if you have a weird spot like that you can always throw another rock under there I’m going to put a little pebble in here. not perfectly circular so it’s maybe sitting on that And maybe I’ll put a little bit of a rounder, taller one here. With another one here about the same height but a totally different shaped rock. And as you go, once we start filling them in, if there’s something you don’t like, you can change it. Alright. There are my basic rocks. I’m going to take this brush and just fill them in. You can use a larger brush if you like, but for this painting – especially because it’s got kind of zen feeling I want to use a smaller brush. So that I have to think about and spend time on filling in. Almost meditative. Let this whole painting be really meditative for you. So don’t get hung up on details. Don’t get frustrated, for sure. Just think about everything you’re doing while you do it. And find your little zen space. Keep a little extra water on your brush if you’re having a hard time getting the paint to fill in. I feel like this rock is a little of center and probably wouldn’t be too balanced right there. So I’m just going to pull a little bit more of it over that way. Now, if it’s easier for you to understand how to balance them by just doing the flat rocks that’s perfectly okay. I like the look of the different rocks stacked on top of each other. And I think I’m going to bring this one out just a little bit. Now, what we’re going to do is start adding the highlights to the rocks and that’s what is really going to make them look realistic. So when you’re adding the highlights think about where your light source is coming from. Is it coming straight on it this way? Is it coming from up here down? from here down? It doesn’t really matter. Just pick one and stick to that. Because these are rocks, they are really irregularly shaped. They’re not flat on the front. Your highlights are going to be just kind of general… If I put a highlight right here on the center That might say that part of the rock is poking out a little bit and it’s facing up a little bit more so the light is reflecting down on it. If I leave it really dark right here, maybe that says the light source is coming from up here but that part of the rock is kind of flat. So kind of play around with it and see what you like best. So to do the highlights, I’m going to take my brush and mix it in with the paint get some black on there and then I’m going to grab just a bit of white on the edge I’m going to start where ever I feel like I want my highlight to be. Right to the edge of the rock… And smooth it back. And what I’m not going to do is I’m not going to take my highlight like that around the rock. Because I feel like that’s not really what a rock would be shaped like. Instead, I’m going to start from here where it points out and kind of come up and let that white disappear. Then I can get more black and you can take out any highlight that you add that you don’t like. I want it stay fairly dark on the bottom here. And you can come back and add as many layers of highlights as you like. I’m going to put a little bit of a highlight right in here. I’m using super light pressure there. I’m not putting a lot of pressure. I’m really streaking that paint in. I’m just kind of touching it to the wet paint. And then, almost like I’m dusting it, just kind of streak it back. I’ll add a little bit right here. That part kind of looks like it’s sticking up a bit. And your highlights don’t have to be blended in perfectly. They can just stop. Maybe there’s a sharp angle in the rock right there. Because this is sort of a meditative piece I want you to feel completely comfortable in just playing with the shadows and highlights until you like what you have. You’re painting with black and white, here. You can do this as many times as you like. There’s no reason that you have to settle for something you don’t like. If you feel like you’ve overworked the rock too much it’s too gray of a color for you and the paint isn’t moving around the way you need it to anymore Stop painting it. Let it dry. Come back to it later and do it again. So a lot times, you guys will post your paintings to me and say things like, “Well, I did too much highlight.” or, “I don’t like the way this part looks.” I don’t want to hear that with this painting because with the rocks you can do it as many times as you want. You can use your finger to help blend parts together, if you like. Because you can do this as many times as you like you have every opportunity to make these rocks as perfect as you want them Because this one is underneath I did add a little bit more of a dark shadow right at the very top of it. I feel like this rock on the top would be blocking out the light just a bit. Not enough to make it completely in darkness, though. So find your zen place and start highlighting these rocks. See I went outside of my line a little bit there so I can just bring that down. Notice I’m not picking up a lot of white But, if I do, I can kick it back with some black if I pick up too much. Really play with your brush control here… What happens when you push hard with the brush? What happens if you just dust over a line? Try out lot of different things. This is a great place for you to really experiment… with different blending techniques. They don’t all have to be blended the same. Maybe right there kind of angle down. That tells you that piece of the rock is probably angled kind of like that. so they don’t all have to be straight across. Maybe I do want a little more of a shadow here since there’s another rock on top of it. So I know there’s a lot of repetition in this painting. And so a lot of this video is going to be in timelapse. I don’t want that to affect how you are painting. I want you to seriously just be just be really calm, really purposeful… Don’t be hard on yourself here. Just enjoy the process. And sometimes when you’re painting like this and you’re up close to it you may look at it and really hate what you see because you’re seeing how the paint doesn’t blend together… or you might look at it and think “Oh, wow! That really looks really good. The paint is blended together really perfectly.” But then you stand back at a distance and it doesn’t have the look that you want. So what I want you to do if you feel unsure is stand back and look at if from a distance or take a picture of it with your phone and look at the picture because that really helps you decide what it actually looks like. So while I’m painting this I’ve got the little preview screen on my camera turned around and every little bit in the rock I’ll stop and I’ll look at the preview screen because seeing it in a different way helps me decide what I like and what I don’t like about each rock. Zoom me out there for a little bit. Now, can you see howa little bit of the shadows and the lights are starting to make the rocks look a little bit more realistic? Another thing that I notice while looking at this is right here, this rock has quite a bright highlight and the one above it has quite a dark lowlight. So, when I look at it now at a distance to me, it looks like this rock is actually sitting on the ground behind this one So, how I can fix that is by darkening the shadows right here, underneath where it touches that rock. So, I’m going to get me a little bit of black and really going to darken that quite a bit there. I’m not going to lose all of the highlight underneath but right there where this rock is sitting I feel I need a little bit more shadow. And then I can add my bright highlights again right in here. Now, it looks like it’s sitting on top of there a little bit more. So, I think I’m actually going to do that to all of these just darken the highlights right where it’s touching the rock above. And so I keep stopping and looking at the little screen on my camera. That’s how I’m judging where I need to add more shadows and highlights I’m not doing it by standing here and looking at the painting in front of me… In fact, it’s interesting ’cause I’ll start a rock I’ll just grab some black and some white and start putting the shadows and highlights where I feel like they should be. And then I stop and I look at my camera and decide if I like what I just did and where I need to make adjustments. An artist friend of mine actually has a mirror on the other side of her studio directly across from her easel. So she’ll paint a little bit and then she’ll stop and she’ll turn around and she’ll look at her painting in the mirror. So it’s at a distance and it’s in reverse. So it helps you to see things that you don’t notice when you’re standing right here in front of it. Alright, let’s continue with these last few rocks. And then we can touch up our highlights and lowlights as we need to. Here’s something I think you are going to find will happen while you’re painting these rocks As you move farther up the stack you’ve done some experimenting and you’ve gotten a little bit more comfortable with mixing the colors you’re going to find that up here you’ve been highlighting the rocks differently than at the bottom. So, when you’re finished at the top it’s totally okay to go back and make changes to the rocks at the bottom. Because I bet by the top you kind of got your technique down, you know what you want to see, you know how to make it happen. So go back and make adjustments to the first rocks. If your brush gets too muddy with color, you’re spreading around too much gray and you can’t pick up a solid black or white, just wash it off. Come back with a clean brush and then you can pick up your solid black to fix up your shadows where you need to. And this rock on the top… it doesn’t have any rocks blocking its light source so it can be highlighted quite a bit more. Don’t make it too overly highlighted, though, and not seem to fit in with the painting. I just mean that you don’t have to put a shadow on the top of it. So I’m just going to go through now and touch up my highlights and shadows a bit and then we’ll move on. My camera stopped recording there for some reason, so if it looks like you missed something you probably did, but it was just basically the same thing. So, I don’t know if this helps or confuses you, but the way I’m applying this paint for the highlights is almost like with a palette knife. So, I’ve got a little bit of paint and then I’m just kind of touching the paint not so much the brush touching the paint to the canvas and then streaking it, rather than brushing it. So, if you’ve done any of my palette knife videos and you’ve kind of gotten a feel for how to use the palette knife, that’s really how I’m doing this here. Let’s wipe off some of that extra. So, see in here this highlight really got away from me but I’m not stresses out about it. I’m not going to let it freak me out. I’m just gonna keep messing with it until it does exactly what I want it to do. And that is exactly what I want you to do. Now we’re going to start adding some reflections to our water and I’m gonna start with the black for the rocks. So I have a little extra water on my brush I’m gonna mix it in with the black paint. Get a nice, thin mixture. And I’m gonna just use the very tip of the brush. I’m not gonna make fat, flat swipes. Just the tip of the brush. I’m gonna start right here at the bottom of the rock. And I’m gonna make my brushstrokes as horizontal as possible. That is a little thin. You can tell it’s kind of see-through. So that means that my paint is just too watery. Not enough paint. I’m just going to mix a little more paint in there. Now, if you’re brushstrokes don’t go perfectly horizontal it’ll just make it look like your water is maybe disturbed a little bit more. There’s a little bit of a wave going through there. These are very controlled brushstrokes. Back and forth… and I’m going to do a little bit up so that it looks like the rock is reflecting behind it, too. and bring it down a bit… As the ripples get closer to me, they’re gonna get a little bit farther apart. Don’t be too overly concerned right here. If you end up putting on too much black, you can cover it up later. We’re gonna add more. I want the reflection to be pretty heavy right here under the rocks. I’ve cleaned off my brush. I’m gonna grab some brown… and some green… mix them together. Maybe just a hint of white in there. And I’m gonna do the same thing starting from about where my background stops being the darkest Fairly close and narrow toward the back it can get a little wider later and a little farther apart as they come forward. Remember to keep a little extra water on your brush so that your paint spreads nicely. And let this go over top of the black. Don’t try to keep them separate. You can really get some into there if you want to. If your black is still a little wet and it’s dragging too much into this color, just get your hairdryer Dry it out. Or, just let it dry on its own. Now, I’m just gonna grab some white and add it to that mixture to get a much lighter color. A little extra water… and I’m gonna do the same thing. Now, I’m not trying to cover all of that first background color. Some of it’s gonna poke out and that’s okay. That’s what you want. You don’t want to completely cover it. Because that’s gonna help add to the ripple effect. Notice I’m not really taking this light color back here. I may add a bit of it here and there, but for right now I’m concentrating it mostly at the bottom. Because this is the part that’s reflecting the sky up at the top. See, remember when I told you not to worry about getting too much black and you definitely don’t want to paint it all black. But, adding these colors on top helps… kick some of that black back a bit. Now, I’ve cleaned up my brush and I’m just gonna get white. And very lightly… I’m just gonna add a few more in here. This is pretty wet…the paint. So, the white is going to be kind of transparent. And the colors underneath it are going to show through. And that’s what you want. This is just your little light balance. And the pressure that I’m using here is so light. Like we’ve said before about dusting pretend that you’re dusting something that’s very, very delicate. and that if you put too much pressure on it, it’s gonna fall down and break. That’s the pressure that you’re looking for here. Alright, I cleaned off my brush again. Now, what we’re gonna do is start adding the vines for the flowers that we’re gonna add. So I’m gonna mix some brown and some green together Don’t be too worried about what this looks like here. All of this is going to be covered up. Mainly what you’re doing is you’re giving yourself a guide for where to put your flowers. We just have a green-brown mixture… and I’m gonna start at the top and pull a vine down and as I go I’m gonna roll the brush back and forth. And that’s gonna help these be kind of twisty vines. Now, one of the mistakes that I made while I was practicing one of these was I brought my vines in really close all the way around here and I thought that looked really unnatural. So, of course, I want them shorter here because I don’t want them covering up my rocks. And they can be longer over here. But, just don’t try and outline your rocks with the flowers. So, just start where ever I’ll just start up here and kind of twist as I go I’m gonna bring this one down pretty low. And notice it’s not completely filled in, it’s see-through, don’t worry about that. You’re not even going to be able to see that. Now, as you start adding these vines don’t do them in a line. Don’t start here and go here and here. You’re going to end up with some spaced exactly apart all over the place. And you don’t want to do that. So do them randomly. Start with one in one spot… and move to another spot. And these can all be shaped differently. They can be different lengths. They can cross in front of each other. Now, keep in mind as you’re doing this the more of these you add, the more flowers you’re gonna end up doing. These flowers are fairly repetitive. So, if you just can’t find that zen place, and have the attention span to do all of these flowers you might not want to add so many. I think I’m gonna stop there. You can always add more as you go. So, what I’m gonna do now is get that same color mixture and if some of it ends up being a little more green than other spots, that’s okay, too. A little more green, a little more brown, whatever. I’m gonna start at the very bottom of just one of these. Doesn’t matter where. and then I’m start tapping color on very lightly. Just get small little dots… And they’re not just on the line. I’m not just going like that up the line I made. I’m scattering them so that some of them are off some of them are on, And as I work my way up, I put a little bit more pressure on it to get some fatter ones. And notice as I’m tapping I’m also rolling brush back and forth. That way I don’t end up with patterned dots. If you lose your line and can’t tell did this one go that way or did it go that way? It doesn’t matter. Up here at the top, I’m gonna put quite a bit of pressure and get some nice fat blobs at the very top. So, like I said this part is very repetitive, so enjoy the process. And think of it like…mandalas. So, you’ve seen mandalas and maybe you’ve even colored then in coloring books So you know they’re very repetitive shapes. They’re very small details sometimes. And a lot of the same thing over and over. So rather than trying to make yourself crazy drawing mandalas and getting them perfect… proportions… just let these little dots kind of be that meditation part for you. So there’s your first layer on the vines. Now, we’re going to do another layer and this layer’s gonna be yellow. And I’m not gonna take that all the way to the top I’m gonna take it… roughly about 3/4 of the way up each one. So I just mixed some cadmium yellow with some white until I get a nice pale but still brightish yellow. I’m gonna start just below this color with my first dab. And I’m going to do the same thing. I’m not trying to cover all of that green. I’m gonna let some of it still poke out. I’m really doing this the same way. And I’m just gonna bring it up… really until that color about fades out of my brush. And it doesn’t matter where you’re stem went. If you lost your stem that’s okay. Make sure you’re not doing it in a perfect line. Kind of feel like I had a little bit of a line there. So find that zen place again and do this color. Now that you’ve got some other colors going you can decide which ones are in front and which ones are in back So, I’m gonna stop this one where I met that one and then maybe continue over here If I just keep going over top of it, I’ll get kind of a jumbled mess where they meet. And if you end up getting a jumbled mess, don’t worry too much about it because if these were real plants that you were looking at you might not be able to tell what part belongs to what plant especially up in these denser areas. Now, I have some primary red – just a little bit. And this color is much more pink than red. If you don’t have primary red, it really doesn’t matter. Any kind of red mixed with some white will get you a good pink. And I don’t want this to be too bright pink. I don’t want it to be…overly saturated. So I’m mixing quite a bit of white to get a nice pale pink. And again, I’m gonna do the same thing but I’m only gonna take it up just a few inches from the bottom… So I’m not gonna take it all the way up in here. And I’m gonna start just a little, again, and these flowers – I’m really not filling in too terribly much. They overlap a little bit. But my little dots are much smaller. ‘Cause I still want to be able to see the yellow… and that brown And then just kind of let color trail off. Don’t stop it. Just let it trail off. If your yellow is still quite wet, and you find that you’re dragging some of into the pink just let it dry, dry it with a blow dryer, whatever before you go on. One more little layer of color and this one is not going to take as long. I’m just gonna get a tiny bit of white on the end and just add some small little bits of white just right on the end of these flowers. Again, not covering all of the pink. And letting the white trail off just like we let the pink and the yellow trail off. I’m gonna take a little of that pink-white mixture and just add a few little reflections here in the water. Just really lightly… I don’t want big streaks of pink in here. Just a hint of the color. Now, I’m gonna add just a little bit in the water to make it look like something dropped off So I’m just gonna take my green-brown kind of make a piece about like that My yellow-white and just dot some over it Just a few here and there. And I think I’m gonna try this – I haven’t tried this before but I thought about doing it while I was practicing So we’re gonna see how it goes. I think I’m gonna drape one like it fell off and it’s kind of hanging over the rocks a little bit. So we’ll see how it goes. If this looks terrible, then you know what not to do when you’re doing it. That green and brown are kind of transparent so it’s hard to see on the rocks. Once we add the yellow, you’ll be able to see it. Yellow-white mixture… just kind of dab it on these guys on here. Again, not trying to cover all of the brown. Not all of these have to have the pink on them. And some can have more pink than others. Same with the white. And I think I’m gonna add just a tiny bit more highlights underneath the flowers in the water. I’m just using the white right now. Just kind of where the flower touches the water to make it look like it’s actually sitting in it. So I am overlapping the bottom edge of the flower a bit. Let’s do a little more green-brown under there, too. Green-brown with a hint of white… And there’s your zen pond painting. Make sure you check my Facebook page. There’s a link in the description below. Or you can just search for “Painting with Jane.” I would love to see your version of this painting, as well. Or, just a painting that you come up with using any of the techniques that I showed you here. 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