Clun Castle Stage I
This is a tonal sketch painted in Raw Umber acrylics to try out the composition and have a look at some of the major tonal elements of the scene, once I am happy with the composition I start to paint in Winsor and Newton 's 'Artisan' water-mixable oils.
I start by blocking in the main elements of the sky and the landscape beyond the hills and am now very happy with the overall effect and can see in my minds eye how the painting will look when I have finished.
I put some more darks and lights in the distant landscape creating greater variation in the patchwork of fields. I then paint in the field in the bottom left hand corner and add more highlights in the trees.
Next I block in the silhouetted castle ruins in readiness to add more detail to the stonework a little further down the line.
I am using a fairly limited palette using the following colours...
Titanium White; Cobalt Blue; Raw Umber; Alizarin Crimson; Cadmium Yellow Light; Yellow Ochre; Raw Sienna and Payne's Gray