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 Farm Gate


This was a lovely simple scene in pastures near the lovely village of Dilham, where I recently did a painting holiday.

Essential Supplies

The items you will need to complete this scene are as follows:-

Watercolour Paint

Raw Umber
Charles Evans Sand
Cobalt Blue
Hooker's Green
Burnt Sienna
Yellow Ochre
Alizarin Crimson
Light Red
Ultramarine Blue

1.5" Wash brush
3/4" Wash brush
No.8 Round


As you can see, it's the normal basic pencil outline followed straightaway by my sky wash. I started off with my big 1.5" wash brush and pre wet the whole sky area. Then dropped in a little bit of yellow ochre especially in the central areas, followed by cobalt blue, then washed out my brush and sucked out my clouds. For the cloud shadow I put a little bit of light red into my cobalt blue and just dropped in a little in the base of the clouds, very softly. Remembering of course that as I am painting out on location for this one, it's drying exceptionally quickly.

Now let it dry.

For the far distant trees, I have firstly gone in with my No.8 round brush and a mixture of cobalt blue and light red, nice and weak.

Then dropped in a few touches of light red and yellow ochre here and there, all whilst the first mixture is still wet, let them merge. Whilst that is drying, still with the same brush, I did those little buildings which are really just roof tops. For the one on the left I used burnt sienna, nice and weak, that gives you that pan tile roof colour.

For the rest of the buildings a mixture of ultramarine blue and light red, weaker in the lighter areas and stronger on the dark side.

Underneath this lot now, with my ¾" wash brush a quick swath of yellow ochre to give the impression of a cornfield in the distance.

Now for the trees and bushes in the middle distance, it’s the same mixtures as the distance stuff, but obviously quite a bit stronger.

For the cornfield underneath, on top of the yellow ochre I have dropped in a little bit of light red, just to warm it up slightly.



For the field line at the end of the track, I have used yellow ochre first then dropped on a little bit of Hooker's green and burnt sienna mixed, just tapping on with the side of my ¾" wash brush. Whilst this was still wet, using my No.8 round brush and raw umber, a few quick strokes gives me my fence posts and gate.

For the path itself, this was a little bit of Charles Evans sand, mixed with raw umber, nice and wet, and loosely stroked over filling in the path area. Whilst leaving this to dry I painted both the field and the rough stuff on the left-hand side, firstly with yellow ochre, good and wet straightaway followed by Hooker's green and burnt sienna, and then finally a few touches of light red here and there. Let all the colours run and merge together this gives you a nice soft effect.

Now for all those bushes down the left, I have used the same mixtures for them all, firstly yellow ochre, then Hooker's green and burnt sienna, then finally cobalt blue and light red. All of these colours are dropped into each tree, whilst still wet, but only doing one tree at a time, and obviously they are getting much stronger as they come further forward. For all of this I used my ¾" wash brush.

Finally a few strokes of grass down the centre of the path.

For the fence post and the gate I have used my, you’ve guessed it, No.8 round with a mixture of Charles Evans sand and raw umber.

Notice they are all darker on one side than on the other. Into the darkside I've added a mixture of cobalt blue and light red.



To finish this painting off, I have finished off the path in the foreground using the same colours. The grasses in the foreground are firstly yellow ochre followed by Hooker's green and burnt sienna mixed, and then just a few touches of cobalt blue here and there. I have used my ¾" wash brush for all of this.

For the impression of grasses I have simply flicked my brush upwards. For the shadows that finish off the painting, this is a mixture of cobalt blue alizarin crimson and burnt sienna.

Be brave about this, but also be quick.