Lake of ice, almost completed

This, from last week’s watercolour class, is a continuation of the painting I started the previous week and is very almost complete.

130617 lake of ice

For this work we were shown the effect that can be produced by using a palette that wasn’t based on the primary colours, but which was still harmonious.

In David Forster’s demo, he used:

Windsor Green (a strong green)
Windsor Violet (strong purple)

The first 2 colours mix to produce mauves and blues, then adding orange produces browns. He also had Lemon Yellow handy to add when required.

Because I didn’t have some of the colours, David picked these out for me to use in the above painting:

Windsor Green
Alizarin Crimson
Lemon Yellow
Prussian Blue

This a cool, green mix. For a warm, brown mix (not the obvious choice for a moonlit lake scene), I could have used:

Cadmium Scarlet
Cadmium Yellow
Prussian Blue

I wasn’t keen on producing a green image, so I was light on the Windsor Green and mixed in crimson and blue quite extensively to produce purple-blue colours. Note that the colours differ from the blues (bright and grey) and muddy purples of my recent sky paintings.

I am very pleased with the rippling effect I achieved in the ice as it reaches the shore but not so pleased with the lightness of the mountains and may work on them further.

For my own reference, these are the steps I followed to produce the painting:

1) Pencil in the basic areas of the image.

2) On dry paper, paint the sky, leaving a blank space for the moon. In my enthusiasm I failed on this first bit and painted over where the moon was to be. To rectify this mistake I lifted the paint out of the area with a clean wet brush and tissue.

3) From painting the sides of the water fairly darkly (will dry lighter), paint the water up to the blank moon reflection.

4) With a dry brush, paint more of the water, including the darker patches. We’ll come back to the water again later.

5) Paint the mountain area.

6) Using slightly browner paint, paint the muddy, rocky area at the bottom of the image.

7) Paint rocks in the water, and add a second layer of paint to the bottom third of the lake, to darken it.

8) With very dark paint, do the bank of trees. After letting it dry a bit, add a suggestion of some tree details. Bleached trees can be obtained by adding yellow to the mix.

9) Add more around the bank and the water to evoke form. To smooth hard edges, I applied a small amount of water using a clean brush.

10) With a fine brush, paint the ripples of the ice using angular forms.


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  1. Pingback: Watercolour course #3 with David Forster | art fn

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