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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


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

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 "small amount"

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Tawny Owl


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! - trial pad use is essential!

The Background colours:
A medium strength wash of [ML]
A medium strength wash of [LG]
r the gate post under the owl use a mix of #7 with a touch #2
For the warm colour on the left of the picture, use a mix of #6 with a touch of #1
- this colour is also used for the rust colour at the bottom of the gate.

The Background application:
Apply your green mix[LG] as a wash around the top of the owl.
Liberally apply [ML] as a wash from the top and down into the green before the green starts to dry.
Introduce the warm colour mix at the left of the picture while all is still wet.
A small addition of [ML] and [LG] between the owl and the gate which then also is cw the gate post colours mix, finish the gate post by adding more [ML] and [LG] as indicated.

The Owl and the Gate:
Apply when the background is dry.
The Owl colour is a mix of #5 and #6 with just a small amount of #2 mix as a very pale wash. Study the large image closely to determine which areas are left as white paper. (The B/W photo also indicates the lightest areas.)
The gate colours are the same as the background colours [ML] cw [LG] and the rust colour #6 with a sm of #1


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The Tawny Owl is now available as a fine art print,
produced in several sizes and also as a greetings card.
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