Techniques for trees in watercolour

This is a reference photograph,  not to copy exactly but to help with understanding the colour and form of the tree. The best thing to do is get outdoors and find some trees and make drawings and paintings from life after  you have had a bit of practice with some colour mixing and techniques. This […]

Simple perspective – bars of a gate

If the gate was closed and facing you all the bars would be parallel to each other ( of course they could be bent or even missing but lets assume it’s a new one!). Once the gate is opened the bars are now at an angle to you and will converge if you could extend […]

Using simple perspective to help draw a farm gate

This is homework set for the week beginning March 8th and continues our fun perspective lessons! Print off  the photo or collect one from class and work out vanishing point and eye level. You may need to attach an extension sheet of paper to the right hand side. Mark both on the photo. Use the […]

Wet into wet backgrounds

Colours used for this study were indigo and cadmium red light for the misty sky colour. Cadmium yellow for the sun. A darker sky colour  for the distant trees and sky colour with a little brown for the foreground tree. Other colour combinations used were light red and ultramarine and cobalt and brown madder .

Towy lane – oil on paper

In the first stage a drawing was done on a warm toned ground using a rigger and thinned paint. In the second stage tones and colours were suggested using thin washes with  no white. Fatter paint was used in the third stage and more white added to the mixes in the fourth stage.