I visited my old school friends Mick and Gail last weekend in Kent, and although quite warm there was a feel of change in the air, and indeed this week all of a sudden autumn is definitely with us.
I love the subtle change in colour as one season moves to the next, which I recorded in this landscape exercise.
I began by using an old sketch. Remember this is an excellent way to warm up. There’s a sense of freedom about working on paper that has already been used.
This was the old sketch, which I turned upside down. I will use this sketch as I would a colour ground…
I am using Winsor & Newton Designer Gouache for this exercise. Gouache is opaque which means it can cover strong colours. With a wet brush I add some Permanent white, and allow the colour underneath to be picked up and mixed with it.
I am working the sky area in an energetic manner – again allowing the colour on the original sketch to blend into the white……
Note the suggestion of blue hills on the right of picture and how I have lightened the sky above the hills and horizon line.
I then add light green and naples yellow into the foreground, and while the paint is wet, indicate dark trees and hedgerows. There is no detail….it’s an impression, and I am working very quickly.
Given that the sky reflects upon the land, I have taken some of the Naples Yellow into the sky so that the two elements of the picture, sky and land are interconnected.
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Have a lovely weekend.