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Spring Light, Nr. West Barnby, Whitby

I was attracted to this subject by the wonderful atmospheric, early morning light, producing such long shadows.

Care was taken to maintain the light throughout the painting, building the 'darks' gradually, to ensure tonal harmony.

Materials Used:

Paper: Arches Block 140lb 'Not'

Colours: (Winsor & Newton Artists' Quality tube Watercolours)

Raw Sienna, Raw Umber, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Violet, Aureolin, Viridian,

Burnt Sienna & Permanent Magenta.

Brushes: Nos. 2, 4, 8 &10 Sables

               No 2 Rigger.

Masking Fluid

Step One:

The subject was drawn out, using a 2B pencil & all 'lights' masked out.

Step Two:

Initial washes, mixed ready for use.

Step Three:

The paper was wet thoroughly before introducing the colours.

Step Four:

The initial 'Wet into Wet' wash.

Detail showing initial wash - Note the diffusion of colours.

Step Five:

Removing Masking Fluid.


Detail showing all Masking Fluid removed.

Step Six:

Washes were added to the distant fields, using pure mixes of Aureolin, Raw Sienna, Cerulean Blue & Cobalt Violet, painted 'Wet into Wet'

The trees & hedgerow on the left hand side, was painted using Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Raw Sienna & Viridian.

Step Seven:

The foreground field was painted using stronger mixes of Raw Sienna, Aureolin, Cerulean & Cobalt Violet.


Detail showing Cobalt Blue, glazed into distant trees to create form.


Intermediate full view.

Step Eight:

Trees were 'added' using the No2 Rigger & mixes of Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna & Cobalt Violet, varying the mixes to give changes in tone & colour.



Detail of completed painting.


Spring Light, Near West Barnby, Whitby

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