Cramlington Village – Watercolour
This is the old village of Cramlington in Northumberland. I have done the usual outline drawing focusing my attention on the church mainly.
Now on with the sky wash. I pre wet the sky area using my 1.5″ wash brush. I have only used 1 colour which is cobalt blue.Slap on the blue nice and strong from the top stroking across getting weaker as I come further down.
Now simply wash out the brush and suck out some clouds, quite a few clouds on this one.
Make sure the sky is totally dry before moving onto stage 2.
For those distant trees I used my No 8 round brush firstly get some well watered yellow ochre and drop this into the tree areas. Followed by a mixture of hookers green and yellow ochre, pop this in whilst the yellow ochre is still wet. Then finally a little bit of cobalt blue just to add a little bit of depth here and there.
Whilst I was waiting for these to dry I painted in a few details to start of the buildings, this was a little bit of burnt sienna, nice and watery into that roof. For the few windows that you will see that I have filled in, I used a mixture of cobalt blue and burnt sienna. All of this was done with my No 8 round brush.
Quite a lot of buildings have been done in this one, but its all the same mixes. For the lighter right hand side of the church, I used yellow ochre mixed with a touch of raw umber. Also the same mix on the building to the right of the church. Now with a touch more water into the same mix I painted the distant building on the far left.
For the darker side of the church I used just raw umber and all the other brown bits of the buildings were painted in the same colour. Notice the bits of white left here and there which is where the windows are going to go, leave it white for the time being.For the brown roof on the church I have used a mixture of cobalt blue and light red.
For the bluer roofs I used cobalt blue and the tiniest touch of burnt sienna. Again notice the blue roof on the building in the distance on the left is a lot weaker.
Now for some more serious detail.
All of the windows that I’ve painted in these buildings including the big ones in the church have been done with a mixture of cobalt blue and burnt sienna, keeping it fairly dark. But notice I have left the clock bit just white paper.For the more detailed stone work on the church I have basically darkened my raw umber with a touch of cobalt blue into it. Don’t bother going into the detail of stone work on something like this, its merely a few strokes of darker brown.
Now let all of this before starting on the first of the big trees. I firstly did the trunks and boughs of the trees and this was a mixture of cobalt blue and raw umber into it, keeping it nice and dark. I used my No 3 rigger brush. Simply pull the brush upwards getting thinner as I come further up, don’t fiddle about with twigs.
Now I changed to my 3/4″ flat brush and with the side of the brush just tapped on for the start of the foliage now some nice and strong burnt sienna, that lovely reddy brown mix, followed by the tiniest few bits of hookers green mixed with burnt sienna don’t let the green take over. For darker areas pop in a little but of cobalt blue here and there. All of this was done whilst the first colour was still wet. I stippled on a bit of the burnt sienna and yellow ochre for the base of the trees to create that hedge.
Let all of this dry.
Now its time for shadow time for all we have done so far. For this I used a mixture of cobalt blue alizarin crimson and burnt sienna. Look carefully at where I have put the shadow. The smaller building in the middle of the 3 buildings to the right of the church has got a shadow cast on the roof from the building to the right of it. The church itself has got a bit of shadow cast on it from the building to the right of it. Pay attention to shadows across the top of each window and down the right hand side of each window. The same applies to doorways. There is also fairly strong shadow underneath roofs where the roof meets the building.
When you are doing anything to do with shadow, always think about what is going to cast a shadow on what. Look at the building in the far distance on the left hand side of the building. This has got a shadow on it cast by the lower part of the church roof.
Once I got all this done I use my 3/4″ wash brush and put in a very simple wash into the road, this was cobalt blue with a touch of light red. Once it had dried I did a was with yellow ochre with touch of hookers green onto the village green.
Now for the big clump of trees to the left and its exactly the same techniques and colours and the other big trees that we did, but of course everything is getting a little bit darker and stronger.
For the wall underneath I used raw umber with a touch of blue and simply block it in, don’t fiddle with this.For bushy stuff in between tree and wall this was a good and strong hookers green and yellow ochre mixed, with blue dropped in whilst it is still wet.
For the bit of curb a little bit of cobalt blue with burnt sienna nice and dark, then drop in a touch of light red to warm it slightly. Again have a cup of tea, let it dry.
The final stages now, these pots down on the bottom left I blocked the base part in using light red and my No 8 round brush. Then once it had dried a good strong mix of hookers green and burnt sienna for the greenery. For the posts on the village green I use a mixture of raw umber with cobalt blue fairly strong and just a simple stroke with the tip of my round brush for these. But remember they are going to get smaller as you go further away.
Then finally shadow these last few pieces, shadow from the pots, shadow from the sticks on the village green and a little bit of shadow coming across the road from the bottom right hand corner. Hey presto Cramlington old village.
Not too much of a difficult one to start off the New Year.