The reference picture made by Adrie Hoekstra
After a simple sketch I make some marks with blue masking fluid, cause some fine lines are impossible to paint around.
I could make them afterwards with gouache, but the white of the paper will always be the best!
I added the first wash from French Ultramarine and Indian red, to make a deep warm bluish grey.
I wetted the areas that I want to paint, I leave the chimneys untouched!
The foreground is snow with touches of Burnt Sienna.
Second wash, with Raw Sienna I make some buildings, and with Indian Red And French Ultramarine, be sure you make the chimneys straight as possible cause it looks odd to make it crooked!
Still no details!!
With a dark mixture I add details and make the buildings more alive with dots and fine lines. I also add darker bits of Burnt Sienna in the distant buildings, this bit cannot be learned, its a feeling what you add or not add to a watercolor.
My friend Kees van Aalst would say, the watercolor will tell you what he misses!
Don’t overdo details.
The rule is “Less is More”