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Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds
The bushes used in this painting are Winsor & Newton Cotman brushes and I used 4 in this painting.
1 1/2 inch flat wash brush, 3/4 inch flat wash brush, Number 8 Round and a Number 2 Rigger.  The paints I used were Winsor & Newton Artists Quality Watercolours.  Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Hookers Green, Light Red and Alizarin Crimson. I also used a colour by the SAA called Sand Stone.  I used Winsor & Newton Artists Watercolour Paper, 140lbs and simply taped it, on all edges, to a board. Click here if you would like to purchase any of these items at a discounted price.
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To finish this painting add your water in the same way as the water above the bridge.  Add your shadows to the wall and the edge of your grass.  Also using the shadow mix add a touch of the shadow mix on the path to give it a little texture.  Remove your tape and your painting is complete.

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Click on any of the images to see a larger picture.  As you can see from this first one, I started off with an outline drawing.  Don't go into too much detail as it will be lost when the paint starts to go on, shading is not done in pencil, this happens when the paint goes on.
Using the 1 1/2 inch wash brush, pre-wet the entire sky area fill it in with a strong Ultramarine Blue.  It needs to be strong as it will dry lighter than when you put it on.  There are no clouds in this painting but if you would like to add some you can rinse out your brush, squeeze out excess water and twist it into your wet sky to make the clouds.  Let this dry completely.  Once dry you can add your distance.  The distant trees are stippled using the Number 8 Round Brush.  Yellow Ochre in the light areas, Hookers Green and Yellow Ochre mixed for the main colour of the trees and just Ultramarine Blue in the dark areas.  Make sure there is plenty of water in the colour mix as these trees need to sink into the background.  The distant roof is simply well watered Raw Umber and the chimney is done using Sand ,to fill in the whole area, then blob on Yellow Ochre, Light Red and Ultramarine Blue.  Merge these colours.  This is all done with the Number 8 Round Brush.
In this image I have put the base wash on the cottages and filled in the other trees.  These trees were done in the same way as the distant trees, Yellow Ochre for Highlights, Hookers Green mixed this time with Burnt Sienna for the main colour of the trees and just Ultramarine Blue for the shadows.  Take note that the light is coming from the left in this painting so the shadows are to the right.  The roofs were filled in using Raw Umber mixed with a touch of Ultramarine Blue.  Simply add more water to the mix after painting the roof in shadow.  The buildings are filled in using Sand then blob on Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue.  Merge this together on your paper. The distant wall is done in the same colour.  Leave a gap before painting in the reflection.
Never use manufactured black as it will flatten your painting.  The black in the windows here is mixed using Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna.  use your Number 8 Round Brush to put the windows in.  Next its the shadows.  The shadow mix is Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson and a touch of Burnt Sienna.  Apply this to the right of chimneys, the right hand side of your buildings and under the edge of your roof.  Once the windows are dry apply this mix to the top and the left of the windows to recess them into the building.
It looks like there is a lot that has been done in this picture but its only a few simple steps.  Add texture to the roof using a mix of Raw Umber and Ultramarine Blue.  Brickwork is also added using the same colours.  The Ivy is added using Yellow Ochre for highlights, Hookers Green mixed with Burnt Sienna for the main colour and Ultramarine Blue for the shadow areas.  The doors are done using the same colour as the roof and brick details.  Just add more blue or umber to change the colour slightly.  Add your shadows and your buildings are complete.
The wall is done using the same mix as your buildings, Sand, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue.  Rather than mixing it on the paper simply scrape using the corner of an old card to create the shape of the stones.  While the wall is drying its time to paint your path.  This is a mix of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna used to create black then water it down to get the colour of the path.  This is best done with the 3/4 inch Flat Wash Brush to create smooth lines.  Go back to your wall and add your shadows.  Now its time for the greenery.  For highlights use Yellow Ochre, the main colour is Hookers Green and Burnt Sienna mixed and for the dark areas its just Ultramarine Blue.  Use varying mixes of these colours to get different depths.  Leave a gap and paint in the reflections using just the Hookers Green and Burnt Sienna mix.
Once everything is dry its time to add your water.  This is a mix of Ultramarine Blue with a tiny touch of Hookers Green and a tiny touch of Burnt Sienna.  Stroke this colour gently over the top of your reflections using the 3/4 inch Flat Wash Brush.  Don't overwork or you will destroy your reflections.  The bridge and wall are done in the same way as the wall above.  Once dry add your shadows.  Your grass is done the same was above but flick up here and there to create grasses.  Fill your water bed with the same colour as your buildings but leaving out Ultramarine Blue.  Once this is dry add your shadows then let completely dry before adding finishing touches.
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