Waves at sundown

Step 1 : Wet the entire paper and use yellow paint to lay the sky wash. While the wash is wet, drop some darks for the clouds. Step 2 : Paint the distant hills using a pale blue/brown wash. Pre-wet the bottom to create lost edges. Step 3 : Paint the middle ground hills using various mixtures of yellow, blue and brown. Like in the previous step, pre-wet the bottom edge. Step 4 : Wet the bottom area of the sky and drop in a pale mix of blue and brown to depict clouds. Step 5 : Wet the area below the horizon and paint the waves using a blue/brown mix. Paint the fishing boat in the distant horizon. Step 6 : Paint the shadow side of the middle ground mountains using a dark mix. Step 7 : Add details to the cliff using a thick dark mix and a rigger brush. Step 8 : Finally, paint a few birds around the fishing boat. The finished painting.

The view from top

Step 1 : Wet the entire paper except the part where the river flows. Drop in the local colour. Step 2 : Paint the distant mountains. While the wash is wet drop in some darks to indicate trees. Step 3 : Rewet the area below the horizon line and paint in the tree lines. Step 4 : Wet the entire area to the right of the river and add more trees varying he colour, sizes and shapes. Step 5 : Wet the are to the left of the right river bank. Add trees and reflections. Step 6 : Add some details to the trees. Step 7 : Strengthen the water area in the immediate foreground with a yellow/blue variegated wash. The finished painting.

Spring greens

Step 1 : Wet the entire paper (leaving the ‘white areas’ dry and drop in the local colour. Step 2 While the first wash is wet, paint in the background tree line keeping in mind the direction of light. Paint the roofs and the cast shadows. Step 3 : Use brush drawing to suggest tree branches. Step 4 : Wet the area above the roof and paint in the foliage. Step 5 : Paint the details on the house. Step 6 : Paint the foreground shadows. Step 7 : Add some detailing. The finished painting.

Countryside Mansion

Step 1 : Since I like to always start with the point of interest I decided to work on the mansion first. I mix fairly thick washes of Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson separately on my palette and wet the shadow sides of the building paying careful attention to leave the tree trunks dry. I made sure I had a broken edge at the bottom which will serve as the top edge of the bushes. I also wet the roof area but I leave a dry line to separate the roof from the walls. I drop in the Blue mix on the shadow side and the Crimson one on the roof. On a wet surface, always try to allow paint to flow from the brush to the paper rather than scrubbing in the pigment. While the washes are still wet, I drop in some warm Burnt Sienna into the cool Blue wash to create some variety. I also paint in the shadow cast by the edges of the roofs on the sunlit sides of the building and introduce a tree shadow on the wall near the front door. I quickly paint in the dark shape inside the door carefully carving […]
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