Northumberland Farm -
slightly more detailed outlined drawing this time. This is a friends
farm so I know it well, but it is still just an outline.
the sky wash I pre wet pre wet the paper, 140lb weight, and then with
plenty of cobalt blue let it run and then with my 1.5" wash brush,
simply suck out the clouds moving the paint around to create a little
bit of shadow at the base of the clouds.
farm buildings were filled in with a mixture of raw umber, darker on one
side than the other and using my No 8 round brush. For that bit of roof,
using the same brush and a mixture of cobalt blue and light red.
the next building its the same colours but keep the colours slightly
weaker, just keep in your mind that you want these to sit further back.
the windows I used ultra cobalt blue and burnt sienna, and keep this
mixture fairly strong and using my No 8 round brush, remembering to
leave a little bit of white paper showing through in between the
individual panes of glass.
In this image you will see that I have filled in the nearest building. I
have again used raw umber for the walls of the building, but the roof
was painted with burnt sienna and the tiniest touch of raw umber mixed
in. Again its with my No 8 round brush.
To the trees, I used my rigger brush and raw umber mixed with cobalt
blue for the few boughs you can see. Now with my 3/4" wash brush,
firstly yellow ochre to the lighter parts of the foliage, then a mixture
of hookers green and burnt sienna for the greens. Simply tap on with the
side of the brush. All of the colours were put on whilst the previous
colour was still wet.
Finally drop in a little bit of cobalt blue to give more depth to the
the wall and the gate its back to my No 8 round brush. And again raw
umber, slightly darker than in the main building because its slightly
nearer. The colour for the gate was raw umber with a touch of burnt
Now for the all important shadow and for this I used a
mixture of cobalt blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna. I used my No
8 round brush paying special attention to the windows and overhangs
where the roof meets the building.
Notice I have put a little bit of shadow to the left hand side of the
wall fading it into the wall.
finish the painting off, what is normally quite a scary thing, a big
field. I didn't pre wet the paper but I did use very wet mixes of paint.
Starting off with yellow ochre followed by hookers green and yellow
ochre, drop one in on top of the other whilst they are all still wet.
Once it had dried slightly a few flicks of grass here and there with a
mixture of hookers green and burnt sienna. All of this was done with my
3/4" wash brush, and hey presto, Shieldykes Farm, Northumberland.