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#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

[BG] - Bright Green = #9+#4
[WG] - Warm Green= #9 + #5 + #3
[DG] - Dark Green = #9 + #2

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"

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Bluebell Wood


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. Too much dabbing and scrubbing when applying the colour kills its freshness.
Planning the painting: This is very important!
Mentally paint the picture before proceeding - analyse the source picture above - and please be aware of the colour mixes you are about to apply to each area, and the order in which they are applied, 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!

The Foliage:
Mix the three greens [the Basic Colour Mixes indicated above] in separate parts of your palette - begin each mix with Winsor Yellow [#9] then add the other colours in the order indicated.

You will find adding darker colours to the light colour the easiest way of mixing colours.

The Application of colours:
Starting at the top and working down liberally apply the Bright Green colour with your number 12 brush, in random strokes, keep the colour wet don't go over the same area more than twice. When you're about half way down use a number 8 brush to apply the Warm Green colour in the same manner staring at the top and working down allow this darker colour to float into the still wet [BG] as a wet-in-wet effect.
Now add the [DG] colour in the same way be careful not to obliterate all of the [BG] colour in the process and now continue down to the line with [BG] as before using the wet-in-wet technique to add the other green mixes as before.
Notice how the green is brought down into the main trees at the base of their trunks..
wow hope that went well for you.

The Lifting Technique:
You will notice that some of the horizontal bands of foliage are quite lighter in chroma than the surrounding areas. This is achieved by using your clean water brush with most of the water squeezed out so that your brush is just damp - stroke out the area necessary before the colour as had time to dry, preferably just after the shine has gone from the colour.
The finished painting shows these bands of horizontal colour almost like clouds in front of the tree trunks.
This could be a good opportunity to benefit from the use of Masking Fluid. I will come to that later before we start the tree trunks

Try all the techniques on your trial pad before attacking your picture.
Examine the UHR1500 pictures to see how the applications have worked,
the detail is so clear you can see how the colours have acted on each other.



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