9" x 12"
Watercolor paper (I used Arches 140 lb. paper – 9” x 12” size)
Masking tape to anchor paper
- Payne’s Gray
- Cadmium Red Pale (Light)
- Grumbacher Red
- Sap Green
- Hunter Green
- Ultramarine Blue
Now for the fun part – painting the brick wall!
Apply wet on wet a light base of yellow ochre on all the brick area. Allow to dry. Prepare several colors of paint for your brick. Use different shades of red, orange, gray, etc. Using your flat brush, paint the brick wet on dry using the pencil lines you drew in previously as your guide. Vary the color of the bricks that are placed side by side and alternate your pattern so that no 2 edges are lined up. This can be time consuming; however, it does not have to be perfect. Remember this brick wall is part of a building which has fallen to ruin. There are sections of the arched entry where bricks are missing. Allow the bricks to dry.
Prepare a light wash to Payne's Gray, Sepia, Yellow Ochre and Sap Green. Using the photo as a guide, paint the wash over the bricks deepening the wash in some locations and keeping it light in others. Drop in green to indicate the moss growing on the brick in some locations. Allow to dry.
The brick had various locations with white brick from paint, etc. over the years. This can be achieved by using one of two methods.
- Use a small piece of sandpaper and sand off the paint in various areas to expose the white paper, or
- Use Chinese White Watercolor paint and a dry flat brush to add areas of white.
I used white paint in this painting.
Details: Adding foliage and tree trucks and limbs
Using the previous mix of greens (light and dark) and a small sponge, add the foliage in the top section of the painting as well as through the archway. Also, drop in some of the green onto the brick wall to indicate where greenery is growing over the top and up from the greenery near the walkway. A brush can also be used if you prefer to add the greenery.
Using a round brush, paint in the tree limbs and tree trunk using VanDyke Brown and Sepia. Refer to the photo above for placement.
View your painting to see if any additional details need to be added in the painting. When you are satisfied, sign you name.