Highland Scotland – Acrylic
Now for a nice highland scene. In the first image is a very simply outline drawing . Firstly I pre-stained the entire canvas with yellow ochre.
For the sky wash, even though this was an acrylic, I used my 1.5″ watercolour wash brush. It looks like a complex sky but its really quite simple. I use cobalt blue and titanium white as the base wash in the sky and then worked more white in with my fingers for the clouds. A very simply rolling motion to create the crags.Step 1
For the far distant mountain I used my 3/4″ wash brush again my watercolour brush, and a mixture of cobalt blue with a tiny touch of alizarin crimson. Put plenty of water on the acrylic because this is a thin wash.
Now to the biggie on the right hand side. Starting off with raw umber and my 3/4″ wash brush and whilst the acrylic is still wet put in a little bit of burnt umber. At this stage start to create the lines of the mountain, bring it down diagonally. In the same way now add a touch of paynes grey and let all this dry.
In the meantime I went over the left hand middle distance hill, again still with the same brush, cobalt blue and a tiny touch of paynes grey, and for the lighter strokes here and there and cobalt blue with a tiny touch of titanium white into it.
For the hint of green here and there I worked in a little bit of hookers green and yellow ochre working it into the blues and greys whilst they still moist.
Back to the right hand side mountains and below the stuff that we have already painted I used my 3/4″ wash brush and firstly wash the whole lot with a little bit of hookers green and burnt sienna.
Followed by hookers green and yellow ochre, then straight in with my hookers green and burnt sienna stronger to give the effect of ridges and shape amongst the grassy areas. Also work in some burnt sienna by itself and a few touches of raw umber to darken areas. Finally a few touches of paynes grey here and there for really dark bits.
You will notice that there is an impression of a field half way down this mountain, for this I used hooker green and yellow ochre, and still with my 3/4″ wash brush, but drag the brush downwards giving a slightly curved effect to make it look like a field.
Finally for this area I changed to my no 8 round brush and with hookers green and burnt sienna drew down a few fine lines and a few blobs here and there to give the impression of hedge lines and trees.
For the middle distance hedgerow I used my No 8 round brush and then started off with hookers green and yellow ochre fairly strong and then went in with hookers green and burnt sienna for the darker green. Finally stipple on a little bit of Naples yellow here and there for a little bit of highlight, and for this I used my 3/4″ wash brush.
For the big bank of trees on the left hand side I started off with my rigger brush and painted the trunks and twigs, I used raw umber with a touch of paynes grey for the dark side, and raw umber by itself for the midtone, and for a few highlights a few touches of naples yellow. For the foliage my 3/4″ wash brush, using the sharp end of the brush just stipple on with hookers green and burnt sienna followed by paynes grey to the shadow side and then a few highlights here and there with naples yellow, stippling on.
For the closer hedge its exactly the same colours as the distance hedge but everything is getting stronger.
Now there is a clump of trees underneath the left hand mountain, for this it was a straight forward mix of burnt sienna and hookers green and darken to the shadow side with paynes grey.
Now for the left hand foreground bank. Keeping it all broad strokes using my 3/4″ wash brush making use this time that you are keeping the strokes horizontal and making this line flat in comparison to the mountains. I used hookers green and yellow ochre and for that little muddy patch in the middle I used raw umber with a tiny touch of yellow ochre into it. Keeping all this big broad strokes.
Then stroke over into the grassy areas with a touch of naples yellow to highlight the top of the grass. Finally a little bit of paynes grey to enhance where the grasses come down to the muddy part of the bank, a little bit of shadow between the two. Also a little bit of this mix where the bank meets where the water is going to be.
Now to the water, again my 3/4″ wash brush or if your confident enough you 1.5″ wash brush. For the mixture for this its cobalt blue with a touch of hookers green and a touch of burnt sienna.
For the reflections of the trees use exactly the same mixes as you used in the trees but make them slightly darker.
Make sure that all your reflections are totally dry with your 3/4″ wash brush glaze the entire water area with cobalt blue and titanium white mixed. Put plenty of water into the mix and brave about this because you just glazing the whole thing just leaving the under colour showing through here and there and giving the water a feel of movement.
To the bank in the foreground on the right hand side, this is the part that really sets the picture off, so pay attention to detail. I used yellow ochre first, fairly strong for the muddy areas followed by raw umber mixed with a touch of titanium white fairly strong make sure your brush strokes go in the direction you want the bank to lie. Now again whilst its all still damp put a few stokes of paynes grey and burnt sienna mixed for darker patches here and there.
Now for the grass in this area, its hooker green and yellow ochre for the lighter greens and hookers green and burnt sienna for the darker greens. Again with my 3/4″ brush, lay the greens on one after the other but then stroke upwards flicking upwards with the brush for the impression of closer grasses. And then finally a bit of paynes grey here and there for shadow in the grass.
The scary bit in this picture are the deer and you notice that they are not even drawn in the picture. That’s because I didn’t want to have to paint all the ways round the drawings of my deer whilst I was doing the rest of the landscape. So once I had drawn them, I blocked in the bodies using my No 8 round brush and raw umber mixed with a touch of raw sienna. Once the bodies had dried I then darkened them to one side using raw umber mixed with paynes grey.
For the antlers I used my rigger brush and raw umber mixed with titanium white followed by raw umber mixed with paynes grey for the darker side. Don’t forget to reflect these in the river once you have painted them.
There we go a nice little scene from near fort Augustus in The Highlands of Scotland.