Try printing this page from your browser to use as a reference. Click on this image for a larger version - approx. 11" x 8"
NOTE: The large image size is 11 x 8 inches only when downloaded and printed via a graphics program i.e. paint, paintshop-pro, photoshop or similar.
Printing it via a browser will require a landscape format page-setting and also may produce a smaller image.

COLOURS USED
#1 - Alizarin Crimson
#2 - French Ultramarine
#3 - Winsor Blue
#4 - CeruleanBlue
#5 - Raw Sienna
#6 - Light Red
#7 - Burnt Umber
#8 - Naples Yellow
#9 - Winsor Yellow
BASIC COLOUR MIXES

[LG] - Light Green = #4+ #5
[MG] - Medium Green = #2+ #9
[DG] - Dark Green = #3+ #7+#5
[ML] - Mauve Lilac = #1+ #2 [*see note]
[
[RG] - Rich Grey = #2+ #7
[WG] - Warm Grey = #2+ #6

[CS] - Cold Stone= #1+#2+ #7

cw refers to the term "charge with" meaning to introduce a colour into a still wet colour.(Wet-in-wet)
sm refers to the term "smallest amount"

click for larger image
Birch Tree Farm

FIRST STAGE
APPLICATION


Application of washes.
This should be quick using as few strokes as possible to cover any area being worked on. A minimal amount of brush-strokes equals greater purity and translucency of colour.
Planning the painting:
Mentally paint the picture before proceeding - analyse the source picture above - and be aware of the colour mixes you are about to apply to each area, try visualising the result. Will the brush you are about to use carry enough colour - have you mixed enough colour - is the mix strong or weak? Try it out on your - trial pad!


Mixing Mauve Lilac: *note
First mix sufficient #2 and add very small amounts of #1 until Lilac is achieved.

The Sky: Wet in wet application

Turn your picture upside down and with your board slightly tilted, work from the farm buildings roof line towards you.
Mix separately the three colours #2 and #6 and #8 at medium to weak strength.
With a medium size brush apply clean water for just over an inch above the roof line and with a good size brush loaded with #8 apply into the wet area covering an area similar to the example, leave some dry paper for the addition of #2. Into the still wet Naples Yellow, drop Light Red which should spread, control the tilt of your board, now add #2 to the dry paper allowing the other colours to flood towards you.

The Hills:
Mix [RG] add sm of #1 apply with a loaded brush leaving breaks that will ultimately become leaves, bring the colour down to the distant tree line achieving a reservior of colour into which you must introduce or cw the distant tree colour.

Note [have your "distant trees" colour mixed ready, prior to applying the Hills colour] If the Hills colour is dryer than brown tree colour, when you introduce it, it will creep up too far into the Hills colour.

Distant Trees:
Mix the colours #2+#6+#7 to achieve a rich warm brown with the texture provided by #2 use your trial pad to determine a satisfactory mix before applying.

Middle Distance Field:
Apply a mix of [LG] just below the farm buildings, as indicated in the example, cw a mix of #5+sm of #6 - bring this colour down to the base of the gate and fence, cw a weak mix of the Hill colour leaving dry paper as indicated.

Foreground:
The bright yellow areas will be daffodills.
Mix #9+sm of #5 = [DY] Daff yellow
Mix [LG] rich in pigment.
Mix some more Distant Trees colour if necessary.
Apply [DY] as indicated cw [LG] allowing some areas of [DY] to remain fresh, then cw your distant Tree colour.
     



art class projects basic materials | art books ]
[ the drawing | painting stage-1 | painting stage-2 | painting stage-3 ]
[ painting-1-11x8 | painting-2-11x8 | painting-3-11x8 ]
[ painting03-UHR ]