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Members Project 36

Coquet Island

Step 1

As you can see from the initial drawing I haven’t fiddled around with the foreground too much, just paid more attention to the detail in the buildings. 
Step 2

Before I put the sky wash on I masked out the right hand side of the buildings which need to be very white using masking fluid. Once this had dried I pre wet the sky area and dropped in a little bit of yellow ochre to the right hand side which can plainly see and then ultra marine blue mixed with burnt sienna for the rest of the sky using my big 1.5″ flat wash brush.

Then wash out the brush squeeze out surplice water and suck out a few clouds.

Again let this dry totally.
Step 3

The base of the light house was painted with raw umber to the right hand side and then a little bit of blue into the raw umber to darken it slightly for the little bit of stone you can see on the left hand side.  Then at the top of the lighthouse, the glass bits, this was a simple wash of ultra marine blue mixed with burnt sienna. This same colour for the hints of distant buildings you can see behind.  All of this was done with my No 8 round brush.

Step 4
I the next stage I just used the tip of my finder to rub off the masking fluid to reveal all that lovely white paper.  At this stage I have also painted the left hand side of the white buildings with a weak ultra marine blue mix. A little bit of raw umber top the buildings in the background to the left. Again this was all done with my No 8 round brush.

Step 5
For the details in the windows of the squared blocks I used the tip of my No 8 round brush and a mixture of ultra marine blue and burnt sienna and with the same mix and the same brush I then high lighted the window structure at the top of the light house. Don’t fiddle about with this kind of stuff as we are going to shadow it all in a minute.

For windows ledges and the base of the little building to the left, I used cobalt blue mixed with hookers green. Again simple strokes don’t fiddle.
Step 6

Now its time for the shadow. This is a mixture of ultra marine blue alizarin crimson and burnt sienna.  Its fairly clear to see where I have put all the shadow but pay attention to where all the shadow lines have been placed. Such as overhangs at the top of the buildings, inside the windows, those nice diagonal shadow lines cast from one from one part of the building from the bit behind it.
Step 7

Now for the grasses for all of these I use my 3/4″ flat wash brush. A little bit of yellow ochre first, just here and there, whilst its all still wet hookers green mixed with burnt sienna, notice I have left the path white. Then finally a few touches of light red here and there just to give a little bit more interest to the grass.  These are all the same colours but notice the nearer grass is stronger in colour, that’s just a little bit less water into the mix.
Step 8

Now for the rocks, for these you have to work fairly quickly. Using me 3/4″ flat brush, I slapped on a little bit of yellow ochre, followed but raw umber, daubing on so you are leaving the under colour showing through, finally ultra marine blue mixed with burnt sienna. Whilst its all still good and we I used the edge of a credit card to scrape out the shape of rocks. Drag downwards for a cliff type effect and then across for rocks at the base. Again whilst all still wet and with the same brush take a little bit of Charles Evans Sand and fill in the beach but picking up the wet colours at the base of the rocks so that one blends into the next.
Step 9

The final stage is to fill in that little bit of sea the only important thing to do is to make sure you leave plenty of white bits here and there to indicate a little bit of movement. Again I used the same 3/4″ flat brush and a mixture of ultra marine blue, hookers green and burnt sienna.

Not too difficult this one but a very pleasing little painting.