Wrekin in Autumn – painting vibrant watercolours
The Wrekin in Autumn painting has gorgeous vibrant colours. This is a great viewpoint of the Wrekin, with the River Severn in the foreground. I really went for the Autumn colours, no holds barred. This is a view of the Wrekin from its most ‘pointy’ side. Viewed at other locations the Wrekin has a domed shape and from one viewpoint looks like a sleeping dinosaur. It is a very prominent and well known hill that dominates the Shropshire landscape.
Painting bright Autumn colours
To capture the glowing colours of Autumn I started painting with strong vibrant yellow washes. I painted more layers as each layer dried. Then I began painting the detail of the vegetation on the Wrekin. I used watercolour mixes of pinks, reds and purples. I overlaid some of the bright yellow washes on the hill with these mixes.
Next I used green washes with a small brush to create texture to the evergreen trees on the Wrekin. The background of the Wrekin in Autumn, the land along the skyline and the Wrekin has a slightly muted tone compared to the rest of the painting. This helps to create perspective within the painting.
To create the vibrant Autumn colours I added layer upon layer of yellow washes. This gave the colours a deep, rich, warm appearance.
Painting contrast in watercolours
Green, orange and brown watercolour mixes were painted over the vivid Autumn colours to create texture and definition. The strong bright Autumn colours needed dark coloured washes to add contrast. This was created by painting the bushes, surrounding the vibrant trees, dark greens and browns. This dark backdrop heightens the yellow and orange colours in the trees.
I can’t resist painting detail, whether its a small or large painting. With the Wrekin in Autumn I added a lot of detail, such as the hint of farm buildings just below the Wrekin. I also wanted to share the many colours you can see on the Wrekin, besides the evergreens. There are heathers that create the purple tones and deciduous trees with yellow and red tones.
I used tiny brushes for the detail on the foreground trees and to paint the dark green around the sprays of the yellow bushes.
Three primary colours to create the Autumn palette mixes
It is surprising how many vibrant Autumn colours can be created from three primary colours. They are transparent watercolours. I always mix my own colours from primary colours (red, yellow and blue).
Finally the completed Wrekin in Autumn watercolour painting, with beautiful warm, vibrant Autumn colours.