Wrekin in Evening Sunlight – inspired by an evening stroll
This painting Wrekin in Evening Sunlight was inspired by the view I saw on an evening stroll. It was a warm Autumn evening and the sun was setting over the Clees. When I noticed the landscape had a warm orange glow. The Autumn trees appeared to be vibrant orange cotton balls, standing out on the darkening landscape.
Starting to paint
Started painting with warm yellow undertones, using broad watercolour washes. While these dried I began to paint the sweeps of blue sky. The watercolour paper has been watered and placed in a Keba stretching frame before painting. It is better than using gummed paper, far less mess.
As each layer dries I add another layer, to build a depth of colour. As the painting progresses I add broad wet washes of a pale peach colour to the sky and the Wrekin. These will give a warm undertone of the evening sunlight.
Painting a skyline with watercolours
It is so tempting to use a large brush and paint a broad blue wash for the sky. It would be quick, but the Wrekin in Evening Sunlight would lose its evening sunlight. So the blue wash has been painted half way down the skyline. The sunsetting sky has warm peachy tones and the thin long clouds need to reflect the orange of the sun.
It is better to do light long brushstrokes to see if the balance of colour is right. If I need more colour I would be able to add more once the first wash was dry. There is also a hint of low lying cloud and trails of white clouds of steam from the Buildwas power station (no longer in use).
With a low evening sunlight the shadows are long. The woods with evergreen trees are very dark, making the orange and golden yellows of the Autumn trees prominent. When the final layers of washes have been applied, all the little details painted (the farmhouse bottom left) and the washes have all dried, then I begin to paint the shadows.
The dark shadows are painted in one quick stroke of paint. I an add another layer if needed, but the brushstrokes should be smooth. The shadow mix, should still allow the underlying colours to come through. Not all shadows are black. In the painting the trees have long thin shadows.
Three primary colours create all palette mixes
A red, blue and yellow pigment created the watercolour mixes for the Wrekin in Evening Sunlight painting. The palettes keep the mixes clean.
Finally The Wrekin in Evening Sunlight complete. Its Autumn colours glowing across the rolling landscape, with the Wrekin in a peachy, warm skyline.