This is beautiful view of the Cheviots, the usual outline drawing followed by a sky that’s not that bug so not too scary.
Using my 1.5″ wash brush I pre wet the sky area and dropped a little bit of yellow ochre mixed with light red in the bottom bit then ultra marine blue mixed with light red, big broad strokes coming all the way down, leaving a little bit of the yellow mix showing through here and there.
Now simply wash and squeeze out the brush and suck out some clouds.
Once the sky was thorougly dried, I changed to my 3/4″ wash brush and got some very watery yellow ochre in the top line of the hills followed by ultra marine blue and light red again and drop it in whilst the yellow is still wet and let the colours merge together, giving a nice hazy effect.
Coming slightly further forward with again yellow ochre in the to bits then hookers green mixed with a lot of yellow ochre. Then a little bit of blue into the base of these nearer hills.
Move the paint around a little bit to give the hills a bit of shape all whilst it is still damp.
For the big hill on the left still with the same brush I started off with yellow ochre to the left hand side of the hill, followed by hookers green and yellow ochre stronger than before, then ultra marine blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna all mixed together for the darker side. Again all done whilst the first colours were still wet. Stroke this colour across a little bit coming over to the right.
Now for the middle distance flat lands and still with the 3/4″ wash brush, I pre weet this area first and while its all still sopping wet drop in yellow ochre followed by hookers green and yellow ochre mixed, followed by a few touches of light red here and there and just let all of these colours flow together and dry before the next bit.
For the detail in this area I changed to my No 8 round brush and this time a mix of hookers green and burnt sienna but not too strong. With the tip of the brush drop in a few lines and lumpy bits here and there to give the impression of trees and field lines. For some of the nearer trees in this lot, I popped a little ultramarine blue into the base of them just to strengthen them slightly.
Exactly the same process as step 4 apart from all the colours are slightly stronger because of course we are getting nearer.
Exactly the same process as step 5 apart from all the colours are slightly stronger as we are getting nearer still. When it comes to painting the tree lines pay a little bit more attention to shape your fields as of course you can see them more clearer.
In this section we have a little bit of river curling into the distance and I used my 3/4″ wash bursh with ultra marine blue and a a little bit of light red into it. Just flood the area with this colour then wash and squeeze out the brush and suck a little bit of light of the water here and there.
Let this dry before pre wetting the fields either side of it. Then drop in some light red followed byt the tiniest touch of green and burnt sienna mixed but I strengthen this colour at the edges of the river.
Of course the hedges again hookers green burnt sienna with the tip of my No 8 round brush, but this time drop in some ultra marine blue at the base of the hedge just to make it sit down.
For this area behind the cottage I wanted to make it good and strong so pre wet the hill side first with my 3/4″ wash brush nice strong yellow ochre to the top edge followed by burnt sienna underneath it and let it flow together for a little followed by hookers green mixed with burnt sienna. Importantly make sure all this is dry before starting in the next stage.
Now for the big bit and I use my No 8 round brush for all of this started off with pre wetting the building but not the roof. First of all a little bit of Charles Evans Sand, followed by yellow ochre then a little bit of raw umber and finally a few touches of light red, drop all of these colours in one after the other whilst its all still good and wet and let the colours all merge together.
Let this dry before painting the roof in with ultramarine blue and light red mixed.
For the broken down out building and wall I used exactly the same process and colours as for the main building.
Whilst this is drying I went back to the main building and filled in the windows with a mixture of ultra marine blue and burnt sienna fairly dark. Its just blobs of colour leaving a bit of white in between the blobs, this will give you the windows frame. Now for the shadow which is ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna mixed. You can see where I have put this inside the windows top and left hand side, behind the wall, underneath the roof overhang and at the back of the building which is in shade.
For the doors in the out building I used ultramarine blue and light red then back to the shadow colour which is ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna and I think its fairly obvious where I put this, the most important line is the diagonal line outside the outbuilding.
For the final stage again I pre wet all the grasses in the foreground area dropping in yellow ochre good and strong a few touches of light red here and there and hooker green mixed with burnt sienna good and strong. Flick the brush upwards here and there to create a few toughs of grass and generally give some shape.
Hope you enjoy doing this one its a fairly iconic view of the Cheviots.