Click here to print this page

Planning Retirement Online

Art Masterclass

Cottage in the Eppnyt Mountains, Wales

You will need

  • Pastel paper or card (Jenny used Tim Fisher 400 Art Paper for this demonstration)

  • Charcoal pencil

  • Pastels: blue grey; cobalt blue; dark green grey; dark purple grey; green grey; Naples yellow; pale cobalt blue; pale lizard green; pale poppy red; purple grey; red grey; terracotta; white; yellow ochre

  • White pastel pencil

  • Colour Shaper



Stage 1

I roughly drew in the outlines of the building, trees and hills using a charcoal pencil on a sheet of Tim Fisher 400 Art Paper. Graphite is not suitable for this purpose, as it will show through the pastel, whereas charcoal will be absorbed. Positioning the building slightly off centre provides a more pleasing composition. The sky was blocked in using cobalt blue, white, purple grey, blue grey, Naples yellow and a hint of pale poppy red. I painted with half sticks of pastel on their side to achieve broad coverage. (This image shows the painting before I blended the colours.)


Stage 2

The sky colours were blended together, filling all the holes with pastel. The edges of the white clouds were then restated and left unblended to give a ragged look. The background hills were then stroked in following the direction of the slopes using some of the colours from the sky plus green grey and red grey. Some of the hills were blended and some were left textured. A distant line of trees was indicated with a dark green grey.


Stage 3

The distant fields behind the building were indicated using pale lizard green. The fir trees supporting the building were painted using a dark green grey. The trunk and branches of the deciduous tree on the left of the building were rendered with dark purple grey, and red grey was used for the canopy of winter twigs. The building was carefully painted using white pastel with a white pastel pencil for the details and pale cobalt blue for the shadowed walls. Terracotta was used for the rusty outbuilding roofs and the doors, a sharp charcoal pencil for the windows and the shadow under the eaves. A Colour Shaper tidied up any stray marks. The hedges were begun with dark green grey, red grey and a hint of yellow ochre at the base.


Stage 4

With the pastel sticks on their sides horizontal strokes of yellow ochre, terracotta, and some of the other colours already used were painted to make a very simple foreground of dead grasses and undergrowth with a hint of red grey for the path. A couple of trees and a rickety gate were added to the hedgerow.
To create a sense of recession cool colours, lighter tones and very little detail were used in the distance. Warm colours, darker tones and stronger detail were used around the focal point and in the foreground.


Bookmark This Share on Facebook Receive more like this

Latest Articles:

Our sense of smell is not to be sniffed at

woman smelling tree blossom

Our smelling capability is based around two small odour detecting patches high up in the nasal passages. They are made up of around five or six million yellowish cells.



Golf in Ireland

golf in ireland

Champions Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, and actors Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Bill Murray all have something in common: they love golf in Ireland...


Add some colourful fun to Easter breakfast

Creating special colourful Easter eggs has been out of fashion for a while as commercial products took over. However, trends change and once again it is becoming popular to create colour hard-boiled, or even soft-boiled eggs, for the breakfast table on Easter Sunday. 


Win great prizes in our current Competitions

Empress of Britain colour lithograph poster for Canadian Pacific Railways, J.R. Tooby, London, 1920 – 31 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Medium)

Click here to visit the competitions page.

Article Archive

The LaterLife Article Archive provides a comprehensive list of links, to all the current regular article series' as well as quick links to older articles.
Back to LaterLife Today

Visit our Pre-retirement Courses section here on laterlife or our dedicated Retirement Courses site



Advertise on

LaterLife Travel Insurance in Association with Avanti