Warkworth Castle (Acrylic)
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The subject for this
System 3D acrylics project is the beautiful Warkworth castle in my home
county of Northumberland. I am very lucky because I have subjects everywhere on my doorstep, this one for instance is literally two miles
from my house. Down on the river here, there is even one of the old
rowing boat ferries which takes you over to the hermitage and caves on
the opposite side of the river. The village itself is a quaint little
place with galleries, restaurants and pubs.
As you can see from the basic outline
drawing, I havenít fiddled and messed about, it is purely as I say an
outline with any old pencil. I donít like the fancy heavy pencils
because when you put the paint on they tend to spread and become mucky.
For the sky wash, I pre wet the paper using
a 1.5" wash brush and then go in with a little bit of cobalt blue,
well watered, getting weaker as it comes further down, then drop on top
of this still using the same brush, some titanium white for my clouds
and then a tiny touch of quinacridone violet mixed with my cobalt blue
and my titanium white for a warm colour at the base of the clouds. You
may notice at the top of the sky a bit of a blue blob, but Iím not
worried about that, because I know that's where there are going to be some trees
coming in from the top.
For the castle itself I am using a mixture
of raw sienna with a tiny touch of burnt sienna into it. Incidentally, if
you mix burnt sienna and raw sienna together this gives you half baked
sienna - that was a joke by the way, donít believe me. Instead it gives
you a great castle colour, I am using my No.8 round brush for all of
this and just blocking in the castle.
There is of course the flagpole to go on
top of the castle; I am filling that in with a single stroke of my No.3
rigger. For the flag a tiny touch of my quinacridone violet. For the
windows I am using a tiny touch of Payne's grey mixed with burnt sienna,
this will give me a rather nice black. Donít mess about with these
windows, you donít need to see sash windows and net curtains behind
them, they are just a couple of blobs. Remember no one is going to say
to you, "That canít be Warkworth Castle because youíve only got fourteen
windows and the castle has twenty". Anyone who knows, will know by the shape
not the detail.
Now for the shadows and for this I am
using a mixture of Payne's grey with a tiny touch of my quinacridone
violet. And itís the strong shadows which will give this whole thing
life. This mix is quite a warm shadow colour which I just loosely stroke
over the other colours.
Now it's time for the trees. In this
neck of the woods, pardon the pun, thereís a heck of a lot of them. Iím
starting off firstly with a few trees in the far distance, and for this
strangely enough I am using my quinacridone violet with a touch of cobalt
blue just literally stippling on with my ĺ" wash brush. I want to keep
these further away, so no need to mess about, just literally daub it on.
Now Iíve got my Hooker's green, burnt sienna and cobalt blue, I am going into the trees with this mix to denote some shadow in between trees. For the tree trunks a little bit of Payne's grey with my burnt sienna mix, but make sure you donít have too many of these.
Now for a touch of bright green, and again itís my 3/4" wash brush stippling on. Bright green is a lovely vibrant colour, but it does just as it says on the tube, it's very bright, donít over cook it. Iíve also added a tiny touch of cadmium yellow to highlight the lighter areas of the tree tops.
Now coming further forward into some more distinct trees. For this I am starting off with some fairly strong Hooker's green and burnt sienna mixed. Add a little bit of Payne's grey and burnt sienna to add a few twigs here and there before finally stippling on with a little bit of my bright green, this time mixed with raw sienna, still using my 3/4" wash brush. Add a little bit of my bright green for the bank underneath the bushes. For the base of the banks, a little bit of burnt sienna mixed with my Payne's grey.
Now it's time for reflections. Basically just repeat the colours underneath that you have put in on top. But interestingly enough, I am painting my reflections before I paint the river, then let this lot dry before going on with the water.
For the water, once all the reflections have dried I simply stroked over with cobalt blue mixed with a touch of titanium white, once this has dried I will be adding a few strokes of stronger white.
Iíve now realised that I need the reflection a little bit darker on the left-hand side underneath the bushes. So I am going on with a little bit of cobalt blue mixed with Payne's grey and the same to the right-hand side.
Now thatís the main subject done really
all that remains is to frame it, and when I say frame it, I donít mean
physically put a frame around it, I mean get some nice darks, top and
bottom, to take the eye into the centre of the picture.
Now for the bottom edges, Iím starting off firstly with some
light green. Just look at that, see how wrong it looks. But donít panic
this gets better as you go in with the other colours, starting off with
burnt sienna and Hooker's green mixed, and whilst that deadly bright
green is still wet, tap in with the darker green.
Whilst this is still wet, with my rigger brush, we will have the impression of a few plants growing here and there. For this I am using raw umber mixed with my Hooker's green. Now a touch of cobalt blue mixed with my Payne's grey still with my rigger brush a few daubs here and there. A few bits of raw umber mixed with burnt sienna for a few different colours. Now a little bit of Hooker's green and burnt sienna good and strong, not a lot of water in this mix, so that I am just leaving a little bit of the light green showing through.