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Members Project 29

North East Coast
Step 1

This is a lovely little scene that sums up he North East Coast near Durham, with the outline drawing, take note that the horizon line is slightly above half way.
Step 2
For the sky wash, firstly pre wet the whole sky are suing my 1.5″ flat wash brush and little a bit different in colour this one, drop a little bit of yellow ochre into the bottom, followed by light red above the yellow ochre and let one colour run into the other.  Then cobalt blue fairly strong from the top coming down and then suck out some clouds. Now mix cobalt blue and alizarin crimson to drop into the bottom area of the clouds. Then soften the cloud shadow and let this dry totally before going into the next stage.
Step 3

In the next stage a little bit of cobalt blue mixed with light red for the far distant headland. Don’t fiddle about with this because you don’t want any detail into it. I used my 3/4″ flat wash brush to fill it in then wash out the brush, squeeze out and suck out a little bit of paint on the top for some light. I then switched to my round brush and cobalt blue with a little bit of burnt sienna into it and stipple on a few bushes on the top headland. And with m,y 3/4″ wash brush, a  swath of yellow ochre underneath this will add sufficient light.  Whilst I’m in with this yellow ochre and this 3/4″ wash brush add a little bit of colour into the sea. Again leave it all to dry.
Step 4
Using a mixture of cobalt blue and the tiniest touch of hookers green and burnt sienna and again my 3/4″ wash brush put plenty of water into this mix and fill in the sea area adding more water to the mix and I got nearer in towards the coastline, getting lighter./ Now wash out my brush, squeeze it out and with the sharp end of the brush such out a few lighter areas here and there.
Step 5

For the middle distance I pre wet this area using my No 8 round brush, whilst all good and wet drop in some yellow ochre for the cliff line, swiftly followed by raw umber and for the darker craggy areas, cobalt blue mixed with light red. With a clean damp brush help to merge the colours together here and there to give a softer approach rather than sharp hard lines. Again whilst still wet a little bit of yellow ochre into the top followed by hookers green and yellow ochre mixed and a few touches of light red. Drop all of these colours in and let them merge to create the grassy areas on top of the cliffs. Here and there stroke some down into the rockier parts of the cliffs.

At this stage remix your sea mix but slightly stronger and with the sharp edge of the 3/4″ brush add a few strokes of darker sea to indicate a little bit of movement. Notice a bit of a diagonal flow to this not horizontal.

Step 6

Colours are getting closer and a little bit stronger now. I didn’t pre wet this area but I did have plenty of water in the paint mixes, now using my 3/4″ flat wash brush stroke downwards with some yellow ochre making sure that your brush strokes start to shape the land in the way that you want it to go so a few diagonal strokes. The yellow ochre was followed by hookers green yellow ochre mixed again let all of these colours run together.  Then a few daubs of burnt sienna here and there. Finally a little bit of cobalt blue to give a little bit more depth and darkness to some of the green areas.
Step 7
In this stage you will see that I have filled in the bushy bit at the top for this again I have used my 3/4″ wash brush but kept the paint a good deal stronger, not as much water into it. I was fairly hard with the brush and split it, dipping into yellow ochre, stipple on. Followed by hookers green and burnt sienna again stipple on leaving some of the yellow ochre showing through here and there.  Finally a little bit of cobalt blue for the darker areas in the bush

Still using teh same brush I painted the little bit of path with cobalt blue and light red fairly weak and then went back to the grasses, again with the same brush split, stipple and flick the brush upwards here and there to indicate blades of grass. This was done using firstly yellow ochre followed by hookers green and yellow ochre but fairly strong and then a few flicks of burnt sienna here and there.

Step 8

To finish the painting off it was very much the same as the last section of doing grasses but using hookers green and burnt sienna to add more depth into the already lighter grasses.

Now with my No 3 rigger brush and a mix of cobalt blue and burnt sienna a few ticks in the sky for seagulls, always an odd number of seagulls. This is not the most complete of painting, its a very effective light little painting, especially if you get that sky wash right.