This is lovely watercolour painting of Wallington Hall in Northumberland. As you can see its quite an intricate line drawing and I have pressed on hard with the pencil than you need to so you can still see it.
For the sky wash , I used my 1.5″ flat watercolour brush, pre wet the paper first, loads of water and then dropped in fairly strong cobalt blue weakening it as it comes further down. Then wash out my big brush, squeeze out and suck out some clouds. Finally, drop a tiny touch of light red into the cobalt blue and put a few clouds shadows in.
Once the sky was good and dry I switched to my No 8 round brush and firstly dropped in some well watered yellow ochre into the tops of the distant trees. Followed by hookers green and burnt sienna mixed, put this in whilst the yellow ochre is still wet and watch the colours mingle together. Finally again, whilst its still wet, a few touches cobalt blue here and there.
Still using my No 8 round brush, with a mixture of cobalt blue and light red, simply fill in the roof. Be careful to avoid the rood lights and chinmneys. Notice that on the lighter side I have put more water into the mix to keep it lighter.
For the stone work of the building I use my no 8 round brush and firstly pre wet the whole of the building. Working fairly quickly drop into this well watered yellow ochre followed by well watered raw umber, followed by a few touches of light red again well watered. Finally a couple of touches of cobalt blue well watered. Let all of these colours mingle together. If you cant work as quickly as me do one building at a time rather than the whole lot.
Even though the outer wall is darker and stronger its still the same technique just keep the colours stronger.
For the next stage, stil with my no 8 round brush,. I painted the front door the building using the same colours but stronger. Then with the same brush a mixture of raw umber with a touch of cobalt blue and do a few strokes for stonework. Remember you are not building this, you are painting it. Don’t do hundreds of individual stones, its just a few strokes here and there.
Now for the fiddly bit, I used a mixture of cobalt blue and burnt sienna fairly dark and the tip of my no 8 round brush, the only really important thing to remember whilst doing this is to leave the white paper showing through in-between panes, this will give you the window frame.
Next the shadow, and there is a heck of a lot of it in this. The mixture is cobalt blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna, and I used my No 8 round brush. Its fairly clear where I have put it. The only thing you have to bear in mind all the time is the light is coming from the right. The windows in particular in the top of the window and down the right hand side. This will set the window back into the building. Notice the shadow cast by the dorma windows cast into the roof. Also the shadow cast by the front entrance the the building onto the building.
Also notice the shadow on the roof cast by the chimneys. On the lower front building to the right I have also painting some of the shadow cast into this building by the trees which I will show you next.
Now there are some good dark trees here. Basically I have used my no 8 round brush and mixtures of yellow ochre and then hookers green mixture with burnt sienna, also cobalt blue dropped in fairly strong whilst all of the other colours are still wet.
Pay particular attention to the conifer on the left, its the same way of doing it, but I made the hookers green and burnt sienna mix much stronger and also put more blue in on the left of the tree.
For the reddy colour tree on the side on the left I used a mixture of alizarin crimson burnt sienna and a tiny touch of cobalt blue.
I used my 3/4″ flat wash brush and well watered light red for the path / drive way. This is simply stroke straight across, don’t fiddle about with it.
For the lawn, again my 3/4″ flat wash brush I pre wet this area first and then put in some weak yellow ochre, just here and there, followed by hookers green and yellow ochre mixed and let the colours merge together. Now to make it look like the gardener has just been, wash out my 3/4″ wash brush, squeeze it out and such out paint for the lines. Notice they get narrower and closer together as they go into the painting leading you to the front door.
Finally a little bit of the shadow colour on the bottom right hand side of the lawn, you know the mix and I used my 3/4″ wash brush.