Welsh Country Lane – Watercolour
This is a lovely little theme of a Welsh country lane. I have to admit I don’t know where it is because I did it from a photograph which someone sent to me. This is a very simply outline drawing, paying special attention to the angles of the building.
For the sky I pre wet and used with my 1.5″ wash brush for a change used cobalt blue. A very big wash then wash out my brush and suck out some clouds, don’t fiddle with this one.
For the background hill I changed to my 3/4″ wash brush and dropped in a little bit of hookers green mixed with a lot of yellow ochre and then whilst still wet a few touches of cobalt blue all whilst its still wet.
For the start of these trees I went to my rigger brush and a mixture of cobalt blue and raw umber and I literally just painted a few vertical sticks, don’t fiddle about too much with twigs, just he main trunks. For the foliage I used my 3/4″ wash brush with a mix of hookers green and a lot of burnt sienna. Just tap on with the sharp edge of the flat brush this will give you the desired shape. Still with the same mix and same brush go to the base of the trees and drag upwards with the side of the brush to give that rough growth effect.
For this hillside its all done with my 3/4″ wash brush and also done whilst still wet. Pre wet it all then drop in a little bit of yellow ochre on the top and then hooker green mixed with a lot of yellow and let all the colours merge. Finally hookers green with a lot of burnt sienna and stipple this on for the gorse going up the hill remember to shape your hill with this. Finally a touch of cobalt blue at the base of some of the gorse bits to give you a bit more depth.
Still on this hillside, again a little bit of hookers green and burnt sienna lighter just for these bushes at the base of the hill. This time I used my No 8 round brush so I could carefully go around and leave the white posts showing.
The house is a very simple thing to paint, the roof is cobalt blue mixed with a touch of light red darker on this facing edge and more water into the mix for the lighter left hand side. Because the house is white, its just a very weak wash of cobalt blue to the darker side, leave the other side white. Once all this had dried fill in the windows with cobalt blue and burnt sienna mixed.
For the trees on the right, I used my rigger brush and a mixture of raw umber and cobalt blue. Simply just flick them up. I did this the same for the big tree on the left of the house but then with my 3/4″ flat brush tap on a mixture of hookers green and yellow ochre for the foliage.
The hill itself was pre wet yellow ochre washed into the bottom then hookers green and yellow ochre mixed from the top to seep downwards.
For those bushy bits on the top of the hill, hookers green and burnt sienna mixed.Then finally I filled in the path with cobalt blue and light red mixed with loads of water into it.
Once the path had dried I did my dry stone wall first. Using my 3/4″ brush slap on a bit of yellow ochre, followed by raw umber and then finally cobalt blue and burnt sienna mixed. Whilst it was all still wet, scrape over the with the corner of a credit card for the stones.
Now with my 3/4″ wash brush, yellow ochre and hookers green mixed form the base of the wall to the edge of the track, be careful not to dirty your track too much. Still with my 3/4″ wash brush and hookers green and burnt sienna, use the side of the brush to tap on the tops of those hedgerows leaving some gaps so that with my rigger brush I could then pull down a few twigs from the bottom of the bushes. With my rigger brush, cobalt blue and raw umber mixed nice and dark, do those few posts in the gap.
Over to the right hand side and the bushes was a mixture of hookers green and burnt sienna and for the grass hookers green and raw umber, I used my 3/4″ wash brush for all of it. Then with my No 8 round brush dropped in a mixture of cobalt blue and burnt sienna to highlight where the hedge finishes and the grass starts and also indicate a gap in the hedge. Just drop the blue in whilst its all still wet.
Finally the shadow mix, cobalt blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna, all of that hedge and wall over the left hand side is going to cast a shadow, but make sure you leave the gap in the hedge in the right place for the shadow.
Quite a stunning little picture, I was quite pleased with it.