Working On The River Cottage

This painting is an older one, before I learnt about negative painting techniques (I think this painting would greatly benefit from using negative rather than positive painting).

Again I used my preferred brand of watercolour tube paints – Daniel Smith. The colors used are Pyrrol Blue (green shade), Burnt Sienna, Pyrrol Green (Blue Shade), and…

This painting is an older one, before I learnt about negative painting techniques (I think this painting would greatly benefit from using negative rather than positive painting).

Again I used my preferred brand of watercolour tube paints – Daniel Smith. The colors used are Pyrrol Blue (green shade), Burnt Sienna, Pyrrol Green (Blue Shade), and Quinacridone Gold.

The first task was painting the first layer of water and the background. I painted a light wash of Pyrrol Blue for the body of water, and combined Burnt Sienna to change the shade to a more brownish-grey color.

First Stage of River Cottage Painting
First Stage of River Cottage Painting

The next step was adding the moss on top of the rocks. I recently discovered that I love how salt textures on watercolour paper, so I used a lot of salt to try and create an interesting appearance. The moss was painted in Pyrrol Green, Quinacridone Gold and Burnt Sienna.

Second Stage of River Cottage Painting
Second Stage of River Cottage Painting

I then focused on painting the grey rocks. I used Pyrrol Green mixed with varying mixtures of Burnt Sienna and Indian Red. Why Pyrrol Green? Because the rocks were quite wet, they often had moss growing on them in very fine layers, thus I was happy for the rocks to have a green tinged color to them.

Third Stage of River Cottage Painting
Third Stage of River Cottage Painting

Here is where I added the background trees. It was at this point that I realised I wasn’t happy with how they turned out. I previously hadn’t practiced negative painting for foliage, however this frustration definitely fuelled more research and practice into the point.

Fourth Stage of River Cottage Painting
Fourth Stage of River Cottage Painting

Over all I wasn’t that happy with how this painting turned out, but every time you apply brush to paper, you learn something new.

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