Alnmouth - Acrylics
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.