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Members Project 27

Druridge Bay- Watercolour

Step 1

This is a picture of Druridge Bay, my local beach, a very simple outline drawing making sure that the distant sand dune line is not bang in the middle. Its slightly below half.
Step 2
Quite and effective little sky this one, soft and gentle but with plenty of impact. I use my 1.5″ wash brush and put loads of water into the sky area. I started off with yellow ochre with a touch of light red mixed into the bottom of the sky but keeping it stronger to the right hand side. Then drop a little bit of just light red into the middle section, working quickly with cobalt blue from the top getting weaker as it comes further down. Now again cobalt blue mixed this time with a tiny touch of alizarin crimson. Make sure that this is strongest in the top right hand corner zig-zagging away into the distance therefore using the sky as a way of getting recession into the picture. Wash out the brush squeeze out and take out a few hints of light in the clouds.

Let it all dry.
Step 3

Once totally dry a little bit of sand mixed with raw umber and a touch of light red and that’s just  a straight line all the way across the paper for the start of the sand dunes. I used my 3/4″ wash brush for these. Still with the same brush, a little bit of yellow ochre and hookers green mixed above this sand mixture and then a few touches of yellow ochre here and there to highlight.

Now I changed to my No 8 round brush and a mixture of cobalt blue and light red just drop in a few distant bushy tree bits, don’t start going into detail on these, they are more or less silhouetted.

Distance done, easy peasy.

Step 4

Using my 3/4″ wash brush I add some sand with the tiniest hint of raw umber into it. Stroke straight across that middle distance area. Whilst its still wet drop in a tiny hint of light red mixed with yellow ochre especially in the central section. Then wash out the brush squeeze out, with a clean damp brush just suck out a few strips of light here and there horizontal strokes as to keep it flat.

Make sure this is totally dried before sticking on the first few crops of rocks. I am still using the same flat brush but this time have a credit card ready as well. Go on with a little bit of yellow ochre, just daub it into the rock sections, then raw umber mixed with cobalt blue, nice and dark, quickly scrape over with your credit card whilst all your colours are still wet. Remember leave a gap between each scrape that way the wet paint gathers in the gap and gives you shadow in the rock.
Now with your flat brush just drag down a little bit of the wet colour which will represent reflections later on. 

Now have a cup of tea or something to make sure the painting is totally dry before the next stage.
Step 5
Time  for the water. A mixture of cobalt blue and light red and my 3/4″ flat wash brush again, put plenty of water in the mix and work fairly quickly as to avoid hard lines in your water. bash it on stroking side to side to ensure that it lays flat. And actually paint quickly though he reflections that you have already dragged down from the rocks. It is also handy if you leave a few touches of the white paper showing through here and there. Whilst its all still wet, repeat the purple colour of the clouds here and there to the right hand side of the water.

Now do the foreground rocks exactly the same way and you did the previous rocks, its just these are more individual so make then stronger in colour. Once I had done my scraping I dropped in a little bit of watery light red which serves to bring them even closer.

Now finally repeat your water colour and with the edge of my 3/4″ wash brush I daubed on a few ripples here and there. The 3 ticks in the sky I used my No 3 rigger brush and a mixture of cobalt blue and burnt sienna.

There we go a fairly simple but very effective little picture and I’m sure you will all get a good result with this one, just don’t sign it Charles M Evans.