|Echoes of the Past|
5" x 7" watercolor painting
I painted the roof first and worked my way down the cabin from top to bottom. I painted the rock chimney on the right side last.
Note: I did not use masking fluid around the doors and windows, but painted carefully around the inside and outside of the window and door frames.
The roof was painted wet on wet using a very light wash of Payne’s Gray. Touches of Sap Green and Yellow ocher were dropped in various locations to show moss growth. The underside trim of the roof was painted with a mix of Sepia and VanDyke Brown. Paint the areas under the edge of the roof a bit darker. Allow to dry.
The cabin siding was painted next from a wash of Viridian Green mixed with Burnt Umber. Refer to the photo and deepen the color in the shadow sections near the roof, under the windows and near the bottom of the cabin. Allow to dry and then dry brush the same colors of paint onto of the wash to provide a little bit of siding texture. Allow to dry.
Paint the inside of the cabin seen through the windows using Payne’s Gray and allowing for the view to continue through to the outside area. Use a light wash of Payne’s Gray to paint the screen door. Allow to dry.
The red cabin was painted using a wash of Crimson mixed with VanDyke Brown. Vary the shades based on light. The roof was painted with a wash of VanDyke Brown. Allow to dry. Add a few darker area of VanDyke Brown to indicate the siding on the cabin.
Paint the windows using Payne’s Gray. Leave the frames white.
I prefer to paint with few details. However, the following details were added:
- Add the chimney using short brush strokes of VanDyke Brown.
- Add a light wash of Payne’s Gray around the window and door frames.
- Using a liner brush, paint in a few very faint lines for the screen in the door.
- Using the liner brush, paint in a few tree limbs in the background using VanDyke Brown.
- Check for any additional details you would like to add; however, remember it is not intended to be a photographic representation, but a general feeling of the cabins in that area.Sign your painting! Congratulations!