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Leisure Painter         

August 2007

Each month laterlife.com presents a feature from either The Artist or its sister publication, Leisure Painter.         

Leisure Painter inspires, guides and encourages beginners and improvers with step-by-step instruction, as well as general advice on ways to develop and progress. Experienced and popular tutors set projects, describe their own working methods and offer helpful tips and ideas

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LET'S START WITH ART IS AIMED AT BEGINNERS AND APPEARS EACH MONTH. WHY NOT HAVE A GO AT THIS STEP-BY-STEP DEMONSTRATION?

 

 

Sunlight on Water

Mallard duck and her family on a sunny river.

Try painting this sunny river scene.

 

 

 

 

   

YOU WILL NEED

Watercolours

 

  • Cadmium yellow

  • Turquoise

  • Cobalt blue

  • Payne’s grey

  • Raw umber

  • Process white

 

Step 1

1.  Draw or trace the picture above onto a prepared piece of watercolour paper, eg. taped onto a piece of board
 

Step 2

1. Paint the rushes with a mixture of cadmium yellow and a touch of turquoise, then the river area in a pale wash of cobalt blue and a touch of Payne’s grey.

2. Add the green mix into the river while the first wash is still damp (wet on-wet method).
 

3. When the paint in the river area has dried, outline the ducks with raw umber, then the duck’s beak and all the webbed feet to be seen below the water.

4. Paint the rushes that are reflected in the water.

5. Add the blue waves on the water, not forgetting the blue feather on the duck.

 

Step 3

1. Paint the ducklings using a darker mix of brown plus a touch of Payne’s grey.

2. Fill in the ducklings in two stages, first with a medium tone of colour and then with a darker one.

 

   

3. Then paint the female duck in the same way.

4. Use Payne’s grey to paint all the eyes.

 

Step 4

1. Don’t forget to paint the shadow that the duck makes on the water.

2. Then add a touch of Payne’s grey to the original green mix and paint the darker areas behind the rushes.
 

 

 

3. With a little turquoise added to cadmium yellow, paint a brighter green on some of the rushes and in the reflections on the river.

4. Use cobalt to add more lines around the ducklings and, finally, enhance the feathers’ white areas with the process white paint.

 


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