Old Cottages- Watercolour
In the first image you will see quite a bit more drawing for this project. But still just the usual outline drawing.
In the sky wash for this one I have used cobalt blue. As normal pre wet the entire sky are using my 1.5″ wash brush and drop a little bit of yellow ochre mixed with light red in that bottom right hand side area, wash out the brush thoroughly and put the cobalt blue on from top downwards. Then washed and squeezed out my brush and sucked out the clouds.
Let this dry totally then change to my No 8 round brush and popped in the bit of far distant field over to the left with a little bit of yellow ochre well watered then come cobalt blue mixed into hookers green for the trees on the top line.Be careful not to make these too strong.
Next I pre wet all of those tree areas still with my no 8 round brush and popped in a little bit of yellow ochre along the top lines followed by hookers green mixed with yellow ochre, just stipple this on being careful around the cottages. Followed by a few touches of well watered light red and finally cobalt blue in the darker areas.
When this was semi dry I used my little finger nail and scraped upwards for a few tree trunks.
Now to the houses. For the main part of the roof I started off with yellow ochre and then then burnt sienna for the dorma parts, then went back to the yellow ochre part and stroked a few touches of raw umber in. For the brick side of the building and chimneys I used a mixture of raw umber with raw sienna in. Again once this has dried, strengthen the mix and put a few strokes to represent brick work here and there.
For the very simple windows its a mix of cobalt blue and burnt sienna. Once this side had dried I stroke through the whole lot with a very weak cobalt blue.
First building one.
The second building is very simple. Burnt sienna nice and weak for the roof, again raw umber with burnt sienna for the chimney, remember to keep the right side darker. For the windows cobalt blue and burnt sienna.
Once this had all dried I stroked down the right hand side of the building with cobalt blue nice and weak.
For shadows throughout the building I use cobalt blue mixed with alizarin crimson and burnt sienna. Notice a nice big shadow on the roof cast by the chimneys.
Now for the big tree behind the buildings, again with my No 8 round brush, popped in a little bit of yellow ochre along the top and the left hand side, then hookers green mixed with burnt sienna is the main colour. Then again whilst all still wet, a few touches of light red here and there. For the nice dark colour, drop in some cobalt blue especially in the bottom areas and between the buildings.
Then wait for it to get to that semi dry stages, just damp, and with my finger nail scrape out a few trunks.
In this next stage I did that little house in the far distance painting it in exactly the same way as the second building but weaker. This whole stage again is done with my No 8 round brush. For the bushy bits at the bottom of the buildings its the nice strong mix of hookers green and burnt sienna. Then cobalt blue in the darker areas. Notice how I have painted around the gate, just leave it white.
I then moved across to the right hand side of all the foliage and pre wet this whole area drop in a little bit of yellow ochre on the top then hookers green mixed with light red then a little bit of alizarin crimson here and there well watered, and finally cobalt blue. Just tap on with the point of the brush and merge all the colours together, giving you lots of different greens. By the time I had done all this the dark bushes at the base of the buildings had now dried so I went back in with the tip of my No 8 round brush and sucked out the shape of the figure.
For the big tree to the left I used my rigger brush and a mixture of raw umber and cobalt blue and just did a few twigs and tree trunks, pull the rigger brush upwards that way its going to get progressively thinner as you get to the top. Then with the side of my No 8 round brush I stippled on some yellow ochre at the top and down the left hand side, then hookers green mixed with raw umber for the rest of the tree, just daubing on with the side of my brush.
I then washed my brush out thoroughly, then stippled on from the top of the chimneys, sucking paint out, then finally dropped in a little bit of Charles Evans Sand this give you smoke coming out of the chimneys.
A very simple stage this one with my 3/4″ wash brush, wet the whole of the path area with Charles Evans sand on top of this put a few strokes of yellow ochre, a few strokes of light red and a couple of strokes of cobalt blue. Then with a clean damp brush just merge the colours together.
Let all of that dry before stating the next stage.
Now to the bridge, I used my No 8 round brush and pre wet the whole of the bridge. Then drop on a little bit of Charles Evans sand a few touches of yellow ochre a couple of strokes of light red and a little bit of cobalt blue, let all the colours merge together whilst still wet. In the meantime I filled in the arch of the bridge with a good strong mix of raw umber and cobalt blue. Then put a hell of a lot more water into that mix and put the reflection in. With that same mix go back to the bridge and intimate a little bit of stonework here and there. By the time I had done that, the arch way had now dried, I went into the top part of the archway with a diagonal line with a mixture of cobalt blue and burnt sienna very dark.
Now to the hedge running off into the distance which is very simply a mix of hookers green and burnt sienna with a little bit of burnt sienna on top, again with my No 8 round brush.
By now the reflection that I painted is now dried so using my 3/4″ flat wash brush and cobalt blue with a touch of light red I stroke the water in from side to side straight through the reflection.
Then wash out my brush, squeeze it out and suck out a few shafts of light here and there in the water.
Now the grasses on either side of the path and in the foreground were done with a mixture of hookers green and yellow ochre, especially light to the right hand side of the path. just daub the colour on using the side of my 3/4″ brush nice and ragged where it joins the path don’t make it too straight and perfect. And flick the colours upwards in front of the river so that you have some tall grasses showing in front. Finally back to my shadow colour of cobalt blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna and look carefully where I have put these finishing strokes of shadow, behind the bridge onto the patch, at the edge of the patch here and there and a few little strokes here and there in the path just give a little bit more texture to the whole painting.
I hope you enjoyed doing this one, quite an involved little pictures but quite a rewarding one.