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Project 8 – Northumberland Farm

A typical Northumberland Farm scene.


Step 1 :

As you can see in this first image I put my pencil drawing on and added masking fluid to the lighthouse, sheep and the horse.

Step 2 :
Now for a quick easy sky. Pre wet the paper in the sky area and then a little bit of yellow ochre mixing with light red in the bottom third followed by cobalt blue from the top all the way down to the base of the sky. Suck out those clouds and then drop in a little bit of cobalt blue mixed with alizarin crimson for a bit of shadow in the clouds.

All of this was done with my 1.5” wash brush.

Step 3 :

For the sea, once the sky had dried I changed to my ¾” wash brush and quite simply used Charles Evans Mediterranean Sea colour making it slightly stronger to the right than to the left.

Step 4 :
For the distant bushes and things, I was using my No 8 round brush and dropped in mixtures of yellow ochre followed by hookers green and yellow ochre mixed, then a little bit of burnt sienna and then a touch of cobalt blue here and there, just for a bit of depth.

The buildings to the left in the far distance, I made sure to keep these weak, using burnt sienna, followed by a little bit of raw umber for the main blocks and for the chimneys a little bit of cobalt blue followed by light red.

Step 5 :

Its now time to go to the farm buildings. First of all I started off with all the roofs and I used Charles Evans Sand mixed with a tiny touch of raw umber. Most of the roofs are the same colour apart from a couple which are slate grey. For this mixture I used cobalt blue with a touch of light red.

The lighthouse in the background is a little bit of cobalt blue nice and weak followed by a little bit of raw umber on the base of it, don’t make this too detailed. It’s a long long way off. I did this with my No 8 round brush.

Step 6 :

In the next image you will see I have done quite a bit of detail into the buildings themselves. There are a couple of ends of buildings which are just red brick, for this mixture I have used raw umber with a touch of raw sienna. The ends of the green barns I used a mixture of hookers green with burnt sienna and a tiny touch of cobalt blue. The brown parts of the buildings were the same colour as the roofs only a little bit darker, sand mixed with raw umber.

Step 7 :

Almost time for scary shadow, but first you will see I have filled in the window bits on the ends of the big barns, for this mixture cobalt blue with a touch of burnt sienna. Now its shadow. The mixture is cobalt blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna. Its dark, but its warm. Look especially where I have put it, in the doorways, underneath the roof eaves also see how much that tree makes the building stand out.

Step 8 :

For the tree I used yellow ochre first, followed by hookers green and burnt sienna, followed by cobalt blue, all dropped in quickly whilst the last colours were still wet.

Incidentally all the previous 3 stages have been done with my No 8 round brush. But now I’m changing to my ¾” wash brush. For all of the fields I used various strengths of the same mixtures. Yellow ochre first, followed by yellow ochre and hookers green mixed dropping one onto the other whilst still wet.

Step 9 :

For the sheep, it’s a little bit of ultra marine blue and burnt sienna as a black after removing the masking fluid put a little spot of black at the end of the white lump, hey presto sheep. For the horses a little bit of raw umber mixed with cobalt blue and a tiny touch of shadow underneath them. Remember these are a long way off.

Step 10 :

To finish this painting off the foreground and middle bushes were done using my No 8 round brush first of all yellow ochre on the top lines followed by hookers green and burnt sienna followed by cobalt blue. For the top of the bushes, stipple on a little bit with the point of the brush giving that raggy effect and obviously all of these colours are going to get stronger as they come further forward.

And that’s it, sign your picture because this was quite a difficult project, if you have managed it, be pleased with yourself.