Classic Flat Wash application.
Orange Sky [OS] Mix sufficient amounts of #9 and #6 and add small amounts
of #1 to achieve a medium strength quantity of colour ( test for strength
and chroma on your trial pad)
This application is more easily achieved if the picture is upside-down.
Start at the distant tree-line where sky meets trees.
Apply clean water, not an excessive amount along the pencil line about
an inch wide (half each side), while it is still wet apply your sky colour
using a loaded brush up to the pencil line. Your board should be slightly
tilted allowing the wash to form a reservoir along the bottom of the wash.
Maintain this procedure as you progress downward to the top of your sky
(The picture being up-side down of course) applying a loaded brushfuls
of colour as a series of horizontal strokes you should achieve a completely
flat wash with no horizontal streaks or brush marks.
Allow to dry completely before going to the next stage.
above the tree-line:
Mix a pale wash of #1 [Alizarin crimson] application method below
*note Mixing Mauve Lilac:
First mix sufficient #2 and add very small amounts of #1 until Lilac
is achieved. (
test for strength and chroma on your trial pad).
Wth your picture the turned to its correct position, again apply clean
water to the sky just above the distant tree line - a full 2 inches -
apply the pale wash of #1 into the still wet clean water about half way
into the wet area about an inch above the tree-line all the way across
from edge to edge while now apply the Mauve/Lilac (stir the mix before
use as the Ultramarine will have settled to the bottom and create a streak
of darker blue when applied) continue applying as a flat wash down to
the grassland area - now apply the rich green colour as described in the
Mix a sufficient amount of the basic colour mix [RG] rich green - as a
medium strength wash to cover the third of the paper remaining.
This colour will be introduced into the still wet Distant-Tree wash of
Into the still wet distant-tree colour.... Apply the Rich Green colour
mix as a flat wash down to the bottom of the sheet
Add a little light red to the Tree colour and apply with a detail brush
leaving small areas of white as can be seen in the larger picture.
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