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Alnmouth - Acrylics
Step 1

In this first image you will see that I have pre stained the entire canvas before doing the drawing. The pre stain was just raw sienna.

Then using a big 28Ē long handled short flat wash brush, I washed in some cobalt blue mixed with titanium white and then smoothed in a little naples yellow here and there. Once this had dried I formed the clouds using titanium white and a tiny touch of paynes grey mixed with titanium white to create the underside of the clouds.

For the buildings I moved to my No 4 round brush and on the light side used raw sienna and on the dark side a little bit of vandyke brown. All of these were just blocks, keeping the paint fairly stiff. Whilst this was drying, put in the roof, for this I used cobalt blue but with a touch of paynes grey mixed in.

For the roof behind I used burnt sienna and then a hint of detail with a little bit of vandyke brown. Once the main buildings were dried, I then used my No 4 round brush and again with vandyke brown gave a hint of stone work.

The windows were done using the same size brush and with the same mix as the roof colour. For the dormer windows I used hookers green, cobalt blue and a hint of raw sienna.



 
Step 2


For my trees, I used mixtures of hookers green and raw sienna, then hookers green and burnt sienna stippling on with my No 4 round brush. Then for the darker areas, just gentle tap in a little bit of paynes grey here and there where you want the shadow. The grasses underneath the trees were again hookers green and raw sienna.
Step 3

For the sand dunes in the far distance I used a little bit of cobalt blue mixed with alizarin crimson and a tiny touch of paynes grey, keep this mixture fairly weak and using my No 4 brush, as they get closer start to work in a little bit of raw sienna and a tiny touch of burnt sienna, just stippling on.
Step 4

For the grass under the house I use hookers green and raw sienna followed by hookers green and burnt sienna on the darker side of the hill.

 
Step 5

The sea was done very simply using cobalt blue a tiny toucjh of hookers green and a tiny touch of burnt sienna using my No 18 long handled short flat brush. Once it had dried using my very small No 2 round brush, do a few little squiggly bits of white here and there which of course was titanium white.

 
Step 6

For the big bushy bits in the foreground itís the same mixtures as before for the grasses, hookers green and raw sienna, hooker green and burnt sienna and then a few touches of paynes grey in the darker shaded areas. For this I used my No 18 long handled short flat brush, but flick the brush up here and there to create a grassy feel. Making sure that the colours are getting stronger as they are coming further forward.

For the little summer house, its burnt sienna for the roof, and white for the building itself. But in the shadows I added cobalt blue with a touch of paynes grey. I used my No 2 brush for this.

 
Step 7

Now for the big fun bit, all the rocks and beach. I used a little bit of raw umber and naples yellow mixed to do a big wash with my big flat brush and keeping the paint fairly thick. I did this all over the foreground areas. Then once it had dried, again using my big brush, bashed on raw sienna, burnt sienna, raw umber and paynes grey, ensure all these colours go on separately, then using my credit card scraped the shapes of the rocks, all whilst the paint was still wet.

Very importantly do a big section of rocks at a time, I did all of these rocks in 3 sections, because remember the acrylic paint is drying on you very quickly. Finally once the rocks have dried, I got a weak wash of titanium white, and just stroked over some of then here and there to add a little big of light. This canvas was a very big canvas about 3ft x 2ft. itís a fairly tricky project but one well worth doing and I hope you enjoy it.
 

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