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Members Project 16

Dunstanburgh Castle Beach – Watercolour

Step 1

Yes I know we did Dunstanburgh castle last time but this is a totally different view, feel and atmosphere to the painting with a lovely big open beach.

The outline drawing drawing as you can imagine is very simple.For the sky wash I used my 1.5″ wash brush and pre wet the entire sky area. Then pop in a little bit of yellow ochre in about the bottom third of the sky. Then use my cobalt blue from the top fairly strong, getting weaker as it comes further down.

Notice I have put a few clouds in the top by simply sucking out and I’ve got a little bit more shape into  the sky this time.

Finally I use  my cobalt blue mixed with a little bit of light red for the darker shades underneath the clouds.
Step 2

The castle is very distant so don’t labour over this. I used my No 8 round brush and pre wet this whole area then went in with a little bit of raw umber a yellow ochre mixed and put this in the castle itself and also a little bit on the hillside. Then I mixed hookers green and yellow ochre and put this into the still wet grassy hillside. Then just drop in a few little bits of well watered burnt sienna and let it spread.

Finally darken my raw umber with a touch of cobalt blue and put a few dark bits in the castle.
Step 3

This stage is very simple, I used my 3/4″ wash brush and simply put a swathe of yellow ochre and hookers green  mixed, very light.
Step 4

Still with my 3/4″ wash brush I have got a little bit of hookers green and burnt sienna and fill in these darker areas indicating a few trees and bushes at the same time.

Then along the bottom line of this bit of land add a tiny touch of cobalt blue here and there. 

Step 5

I used my shadow mix of cobalt blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna and my No 8 round brush, add some fairly strong shadow to the left hand side of this hill and if you look carefully you will see I have darkened some of the grassy areas to the right as well.
Step 6

Pay a little bit more attention to your sea this time. The white areas I have left have got more shape to them to indicate a little bit more movement in the waves and the colour mix is cobalt blue hookers green and burnt sienna with my 3/4″ wash brush. Notice I have brought a little bit of this mix into where the beach is going to go to show a little bit of water running into the sea.
Step 7

Now with the mix of the sea slightly stronger and a little bit less water into it I use my No 8 round brush to carefully give shape to the underside of the waves and also a little bit of this mix in the middle distance area of the sea to show light and dark on the water.
Step 8

The usually format with the rocks, slap on a bit of yellow ochre followed by a bit of raw umber and then cobalt blue mixed with burnt sienna and whilst still good and wet, with my credit card scrape out the shape of the rocks, but notice I have kept them slightly flatter this time as opposed to being big round rock.
Step 9

For my beach, don’t labour over this, I used my 3/4″ flat wash brush and firstly stroked over the whole area being careful around the rocks with Charles Evans Sand. Then whilst still slightly damp put a few strokes of yellow ochre here and there. Followed by a few tiny touches of light red and then the same of cobalt blue. It should all be still good and wet so the colours merge.

At this point I also used a little bit of cobalt blue mixed with raw umber to show a little bit of reflection of the rocks in the puddle.

Step 10

Back to my shadow mix of cobalt blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna, don’t have this colour too strong, have plenty of water in it. Add a few touches of shadow from the clumps of rocks and also a few light strokes in the bottom right hand side of the picture.

Hope you enjoy this one, it has plenty of atmosphere, I was quite pleased with it.