Landscape from a photograph
VanGogh watercolour Ultramarine blue, Burnt sienna, Raw sienna. Watercolour paper Gerstaecker 300gm.
- Sketch/trace basic drawing from the photo using water soluble crayon
- Place horizon line above the centre line (9 -10cm from the top)
- Turn board at 90 degrees (buildings towards the bottom) and paint sky with blue starting with a light colour and adding more paint - including some burnt sienna. Paint quickly around the roofs of the buildings leaving roofs and buildings white.
- Turn board back and allow blue to flow into foreground adding raw sienna and burnt sienna, leaving white diagonal for a path
- Add more darks to foreground. Don't forget colours in the foreground are darker than those in the background - see aeriel perspective
- While the paint is still wet add plastic food wrap in diagonals. Leave to dry completely before removing.
- Use a sponge with dark paint, blue + burnt sienna to print trees. Use sharp stick or very fine brush to draw in trunks. (Don't make the trunks too thick, you can always make them thicker later)
- Add grasses and dark bushes in the foreground with fine brush or rigger
- Paint roofs in different tones of burnt sienna. Add windows and shadows under the roofs