It was lovely and sunny and bright on my birthday on Friday, so went for a stroll round the village with my camera, as I want to do some local scenes either watercolour or pen and wash for printing. Today I have tackled the first one. I've actually put the tree and snowdrops closer to the church building to make an interesting foreground to the painting.
I used my cheap watercolours - St Petersburg or as they are now known WHITE KNIGHTS. My Sennelier were packed in the car and I couldnt be bothered to go get them! The WKs are excellent value with a lovely range of pure colours, very creamy and long lasting. I used oxide of chrome and a touch of sap green and turquoise blue for the grass. Then added burnt sienna to the sap green for the tree's darks, after laying on the first wash of raw sienna. The only other colour I used was violet Rose to help with the shadows on the church and on the thatch roof after a raw sienena first wash. Unfortunately, it was so bright I could not see the detail at the top of the thatch, which is a shame as I understand each thatcher uses his own unique pattern. I'll have another look next time I stroll down the hill and maybe add the design if it is interesting.
I photographed as I went along as I thought you might find it interesting to see its progression. I would not normally put in that dark shadow at the beginning but it was going to make or break the composition and I needed to know if it worked. I feel it gives the viewer the lay of the land with a typical grave yards lumps and bumps!! as well as taking your eye around the painting. I never had to touch it again. Finally I added more small branches and twigs and made them a little stronger in places. Also lifted some of the colour on the church as it was too warm in tone. I think the final cooler tone gives the feel of a bright winter's day.
Oh yes the paper was an expensive block I treated myself to for my South Africa trip and still have some sheets left. Loved painting on its smooth surface . Its Saunders Waterford 16 x 12 inches 100% cotton 300 gsm HP.