Sunset at Druridge Bay – Acrylic
This one is a bit different, folks, with the use of very strong colours. In the first image, I pre-stained the canvas with just Raw Sienna and lots of water. I let this dry totally before doing a very simple outline drawing which consisted of, basically, just a straight line slightly below half of the canvas. And then a wiggly bit to the left to show where the sea was going to go.
And now it was time for the sky. I used my 1 ½ in wash brush for this. First a mix of Cobalt Blue and Titanium White for the top half of the sky, adding a little bit more white as I came further down.
Big bold colours next. A mixture of Raw Sienna and Crimson to give an orange. It’s obvious where I’ve put this, in the bottom half of the sky coming upwards with a slight diagonal flow to the clouds. Next I used Paynes Grey and Crimson mixed, just verging on purple, and put a few strokes underneath some of the previously painted orange bits to give a dark underside to the clouds. Now to this mix I added a tiny touch of Titanium White for the lighter clouds above all this dark stuff. Now just with my finger, I merged some of these colours and softened the clouds at the top giving a slightly wispier feel to them. That’s the most difficult part of this painting done. I let this all dry.
You’ll notice a difference to the colour of this sky now. That’s because, once it was totally dry, I prepared Titanium White with a tiny touch of Cobalt Blue mixed into it and loads of water. It was really runny and see-through. With my big flat brush, I glazed across the whole of the sky and lightened the whole thing ever so slightly. This is known as an acrylic glaze. Once my glaze had dried, I used my ¾ in flat brush to outline the headland in the far distance. This was done with a mixture of Paynes Grey and Crimson, very dark.
All the main bits of this painting were then done with my ¾ in flat brush. I blocked in the whole of the beach with Raw Sienna and Raw Umber mixed. I made sure that there was more Raw Umber in the mix for the foreground. And then I added a few strokes of Naples Yellow across the middle distance section of the beach and a few tiny touches underneath the headland, here and there.
Then it was time for the sea. This mixture was Cobalt Blue, with a touch of Paynes Grey and a touch of Hookers Green. I made the mix slightly weaker as it came nearer to the beach, just with the addition of a little more water into the mix. Then, once the sea had dried and using my no 8 round brush, I added a few squiggly bits of Titanium White to indicate waves. To give them a little bit more movement I added a few strokes of the original sea colour, but stronger, underneath some of the white bits.
Next was to add a little bit of interest to the flat beach. It looks fairly convincing but it’s very simple to do. With the sharp end of my ¾ in flat brush, I simply dabbed on a few strokes of Raw Umber here and there. These marks got smaller and weaker the further away they went. To add the puddles, it was just a few strokes of Titanium White, but I didn’t wait for the Raw Umber underneath to have dried first. Doing it this way, the white smudges some of the brown. This made it look more natural and not too sharp. At this stage I went back to where the sea meets the beach and put a few well-watered strokes of Titanium White on to the beach. I let this dry.
To finish the painting off, I added me and the dogs! These figures are silhouetted so I only needed one colour which was Paynes Grey. Figures like this are simply a small blob for the head, a larger blob for the body and two sticks underneath for the legs, making sure that one is slightly shorter that the other. For the dogs, it’s a small square inset to the top of a larger square, a couple of sticks underneath and a curly stick on top for a tail. Finally I dragged a little bit of shadow to one side, still using Paynes Grey.
I hope you enjoy doing this one. It’s not a difficult picture but you do have to be brave with colours.