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Members Project 26

Montecatini Alto – Watercolour

Step 1
The usual outline pencil drawing to start with, not fiddling about or cross hatching or any shading. That’s the difficult bit because the rest is just filling in your outlines.

Step 2
I use my 1.5″ flat wash bursh to do my skywash and only 1 colour, cobalt blue. Pre wet the area keep the blue fairly strong at the top geting weaker as it comes down then wash out your brush, squeeze it out and simply suck out a few clouds. Make sure this is good and dry before you carry on because of course the village is up in the sky.
Step 3

With all of these buildings I use my No 8 round brush but also I pre wet them all before any paint. The first colour was Charles Evans Sand followe3d by a little bit of yellow ochre into the lighter sides and raw umber into the darker sides. Don’t put too much of these colours on, just drop them onto the sand and let them spread in the wet paint.  For the couple of roofs that I have done I used light red to the lighter side and burnt sienna to the darker side.  To the white building just drop of a bit of well watered cobalt blue to the right side. Remember anything white in shadow add a hint of blue to it. 
Step 4

Quite a clump of buildings done this time but all done using the same process. Its quite clear to see where I put the different colours for the pink I have used alizarin crimson mixed with Charles Evans Sand but as I have put the pink in I have then put a tiny touch of yellow ochre to the left hand corners here and there and let this paint spread into the pink. The brown that you will see on a couple of buildings. This again has been raw umber but if you want to lighten it here and there add a touch of Charles Evans Sand.
Step 5

Whilst all the buildings were drying I turned my attentions to the trees in the background. Still using my No 8 round brush no pre wetting for the trees I put well watered yellow ochre to the left hand side of each tree, hookers green mixed with burnt sienna for the rest of the tree and then cobalt blue down the right hand side of the trees. Notice where I have kept this cobalt blue good and dark immediately where it touches the church.

For the shutters both open and closed I used hookers green just by itself nice and bright and for the windows in-between some of the open shutters a mixture of cobalt blue and burnt sienna. Once this lot had all dried its time for the shadows, the scary bit.

This mix was coablt blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna, keep it fariyl strong inside the windows an underneath shutters, again I used my No 8 round brush but notice how I have created the appearance of pan tile roofs on these buildings. This was achieved by pushing the tip of the brush with the shadow mix upwards into the base of the roof, then a shadow line underneath the roof where it meets the building.  Really thats all the difficultly of this painting done.

The little canopy in the bottom right was very simply stroked on with alizarin crimson.
Step 6

I used my 3/4″ wash brush to pre wet the background hill area then quickly whilst all still wet on the to line drop on yellow ochre fill in the rest with hookers green mixed with yellow ochre then a few touches of cobalt blue mixed with alizarin crimson here and there. Just let all these colours merge whilst it all still wet.

The little white building in teh distance is done in the same way as all the other buildings, remember blue for shadowed white.Still with my 3/4″ brush no pre wetting just yellow ochre stippled on to the left hand side of that big clump of trees followed by hookers green mixed with yellow ochre, then finally a few touches of blue here and there in the darker areas.

Still with the same brush I pre wet the big wall did a line of yellow ochre across the top, followed by sand underneath for the rest of the wall and then a little bit of the shadow mix very weak here and there.

Step 7

For the row of trees above the wall, keep the colours a little bit stronger now. Still with my 3/4″ wash brush I painting in the foliage first with a the brush split and damp stipple on with a little yellow ochre followed by hookers green mixed with light red, again stipple on leaving little bits of yellow ochre showing here and there.  Then finally some blue in the darker areas.

Whilst it was all still wet I changed to my No 8 round brush and just painting on the merest hint of a few tree trunks using raw umber mixed with sand. Now again whilst its all still wet using my finger nail , scrape out the suggestion of tree trunks.

For the final stages and all these trees, don’t be daunted by something like this, its exactly the same way as you did with the last trees using the same brush and having it finished whilst its still wet. Remember to keep it slightly darker down the bottom right hand side of the painting.

I hope you have enjoyed doing this one as I did doing it. Maybe this will get you thinking about your summer holidays