Watercolour Painting - early stages

Watercolour painting - Staithes, North Yorkshire

The picture above shows the early stages of one of the watercolour paintings currently in production. A background wash was first applied covering all the painting, apart from the areas that I had masked, these being the areas of white on the boats and buildings. This wash was applied loosely and wet using the lightest colour or underlying colour for each area working quickly before it started to dry.

Next to be painted was the background cliff and vegetation using a number of layers to develope the texture and form. Just started on the left hand side are some shadow details from the foot bridge that crosses the beck and some of the small dingies on the slipway. The middle section, bridge, cottages and the far beck wall will be completed before moving to the foreground boats.

See next post...