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Members Project 15

Dunstanburgh Castle – Watercolour

Step 1

Heres a bit of a different view of Dustanburgh Castle, nevertheless still a very simply outline drawing.
Step 2

For the skywash I used coblat blue and little bit of yellow ochre, obviously pre wetting first, and then with my 1.5″ wash brush a few lighter strokes of yellow ochre in the bottom half of the sky area. Then pop on my cobalt blue from the top getting weaker as it comes down.

Wash out the brush squeeze it out, and such out a few clouds. Finally put a tiny touch of alizarin crimson into the blue and drop a little bit back in at the base of the clouds.

Let it dry fully because the next stage is the castle.

Step 3

it may look like Ive done quite a bit in this next stage that’s because it was all done in one go as a pre wet. With my No 8 round brush pre wet the entire castle area and its hill I firstly dropped in yellow ochre into the castle and rocky bit underneath followed by a little bit of raw umber a tiny touch of light red and a little bit of cobalt blue, now with a clean damp brush, merge all these colours together.

In the grassy bit again yellow ochre first, followed by hookers green and yellow ochre mixed. Remember to leave that little bit of white where the path is.
Step 4

Its fairly clear where I have put the shadow and this mix was cobalt blue, alizarin crimson and a touch of burnt sienna.  With my No 8 round brush put it in to the right hand side of the tall bits on the castle indicating that the light is coming from the left.

Also I have some shadow in the grassy areas and coming a little bit further forward into the rocks.
Step 5

Now then for big grassy bits. I used my 3/4″ wash brush for all of this. Again it was firstly yellow ochre and then lay on top of that a mixture of hookers green and burnt sienna. Then finally a few daubs of just burnt sienna here and there. I didn’t pre wet this area but all the paint mixes were good and wet when they went on top of ach other. Notice the white areas that I have left, these are for my bushes and gorse.

Now moving to the slightly less detailed rocks. Its fairly simply mixes of firstly yellow ochre followed by raw umber and finally cobalt blue and burnt sienna mixed. Still using my 3/4″ wash brush indicate the shapes of rocks by just taking little bits of paint out here and there but also leaving darker areas here and there.
Step 7

Now still with the same colours and the same brush I bashed on all these colours onto the foreground rocks but working very quickly so that it was still wet when I had finished. Now to the credit card and scrape out the shape of those rocks. Different shapes and different sizes.

For all the gorse I used my No 8 round brush and this is a really deep green mix of hookers green, burnt sienna and cobalt blue, plenty of burnt sienna.  I didn’t have too much water in the mix and split my No 8 round brush and stipple on. This was followed by very strong yellow ochre. Once all this had dried stipple on a little of cobalt blue and burnt sienna nice and dark.
Step 8
I now turn back to the 3/4″ wash brush for the sea. This is a mix of cobalt blue a tiny touch of hookers green and a touch of burnt sienna. As you are putting this on leave plenty of white showing especially as you are getting up towards the rocks to indicate the sea swirling around there. Let all this dry before the final stage.
Step 9

Repeat the sea mix but having it slightly darker and also with less water in it. Put a little bit of this mix underneath some of the white areas to show a turn in the wave. Also a few strokes here and there in the main body of the sea to give different depths of sea.

Hope you enjoy this one its not too complex.