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st peters project final stages

Posted on 11 May, 2012 at 7:29 Comments comments (0)
More washes of light red with a tiny touch of ult blue were used over the brick buildings on the left and I used the burnt sienna/ ult blue mix to paint in the windows etc. remove masking around windows.
Adding light washes of the same colour over a previously dried surface with help strengthen the colour gradually. I used this method to adjust the colour of the buildings throughout the painting.
The water has to be painted wet in wet to start with to get the reflective colours going into the water. after that surface marks and ripples are added to give the water a surface. You can work the water instages if its all a bit daunting for you, starting at the right hand side with your lightest colours ..the water in teh distance has more light on the less colour is needed.
As you pull in the reflections through the main section of the painting, use horizontal lift outs to break up any heavy looking reflections and add light to the surface.
Paint in the fence and lampost with your black mix try and create a little light on the top of railings by sucking a little colour back out before paint drys.
Add your shadow mix across the walls ( ult blue & tiny bit of light red or burnt sienna & crimson depending on colour brands as prevoiusly mentioned) Shadow mixes should be transparent and glaze not cover the under-painting.
Hope this helps complete the project  for you. see you in class for the finished results.

st peters blog 3

Posted on 11 May, 2012 at 7:06 Comments comments (0)
After painting in your trees using wet in wet methods and blocking in the walls and the buildings in the riverside with a mixes of raw umber, the masking can be removed from the tree trunks a little raw umber and rawumber/blue mixes were fed into the damped trunks from the left, leaving the right sides to catch the sunlight.
The bridge has a base coat of weak yellow ochre applies and then using the stone technique I showed you in class add more texture to the bridge. This will be built up with stronger darker colours as this is in the shade. I used black & grey (add water) made from burnt sienna and ult blue to add strength and a little detail to the top stones of the bridge and shadow to the underside.

st peters project 2nd blog

Posted on 27 April, 2012 at 3:46 Comments comments (0)
Next stage.(3)
I Started in the far arch painting in the trees. Painting greens can be an issue with new painters...I have some very simple rules about painting greens so come along to one of my groups or workshops and I will show you how to mix hundreds of greens & browns very simply. ( and NO tubed greens or browns required)
As I progressed forward I increased to brightness and strength of the colour. Keep your greens Bluish and weak in the distance. Ligtly painted the little building under arch two..not too much detail here..its in the distant sunlight!!
Using light red and Ult blue to give me greys I painted some of the roof spaces and some shadows to the buildings. ( beware some cheaper brands of light red dont mix grey they mix purple..add a touch burnt sienna to correct this.)
end stage 3 .

St Peters Project DURHAM

Posted on 27 April, 2012 at 3:30 Comments comments (132)
This is our painting project from St Peters group South Shields, who meet on a Wednesday morning for 2hours . It is of course Durham City.
First we did the drawing and that took all of our first 2hr session.. it's a lot of drawing but we decided it was important to take our time and get it right...or as right as possible..we wre allowed artistic licence. Art NOT technical drawing class LOL! end of lesson 1
stage/lesson 2
Then after masking one or two tiny bits like lights white railings couple of tree trunks etc...we used washes of yellow ochre, light red and then Colbalt blue for the a warmth across the bottom left of the sky, it creates the effect of warm morning sunshine.
We then added a light wash of yellow ochre and raw umber to the sunnyside of the buildings and then using my distant stone painting technique( you learn that in my workshops and classes) we painting the shady side of the stone buildings.  Washes of Light red and light red/ult blu mixes were put over the brick buildings to the left.
end of lesson 2..

angel 5

Posted on 5 April, 2012 at 5:52 Comments comments (5)
Ooh Dear! this is the thing about spontaneuos splashes of colour.. its a split second decision...a reaction of that second really..but my aim was a COLOURFUL angel.!! LOL At least it was FUN to do. you could say it brightened my day!! Not sure what to do with it now?

angel 3/4

Posted on 5 April, 2012 at 5:47 Comments comments (0)
Salt spatter and painting for fun techniques Stage 3. better try and find my angel in this lot. ( want to keep the colour running through it though!! Its certainly COLOURFUL!!! YIKES!!!!! LOL! FUN!!
My Angel framed an available art for sale at North East Art Collective gallery Eldon Gardens Newcastle

the angel 2

Posted on 5 April, 2012 at 5:43 Comments comments (0)
my creative Angel of the North painting, Carols Artstage 2 It looks like I tripped and spilt my paintbox all over my paper!!

the angel in colour

Posted on 5 April, 2012 at 5:41 Comments comments (0)
angel of the north ready to paintstage 1 the drawing. The Angel with signpost NORTH ( just incase you don't know where that is) and the scottish coastline further north.. my plan to make this colourful !!