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Painting project

Part 2 Inspired by the photograph Colin Steed introduced last month, here’s how to capture the character of an old building using watercolour
Your reference photograph for this demonstration: Swallows Rest in Docking, Norfolk


How to produce studies of older buildings

Colour-mixing ideas for painting buildings

In last month’s issue I looked at some of the reasons why old buildings have so much character. With the use of three examples I touched on materials they used when building them and the way they are built. I hope that gave you the confidence to paint from the photos of Swallows Rest (above and right), a lovely old building set in the heart of the north Norfolk village of Docking. The building has real character: two chimneys, a pan tile roof, an old lean-too wooden shed and plenty of interesting features in the unmanaged rustic garden. The walls have been whitened with masonry paint, which gives a strong tonal quality to the subject. There is a fence surrounding the garden with an entrance gate and a flint and brick building on the right. These I will paint, because they give scale and depth to the cottage. The pylon adds nothing to the composition so will be left out.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the June issue of Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginner and amateur painters, you will find everything from watercolour flowers, animals and landscapes to introductions to water-mixable oils and miniature portraits, coloured pencil techniques for drawing a still life with just four colours, drawing ideas, step-by-step acrylics and oils, and a scratchboard demonstration of a cat. Find out about the latest exhibitions, books and art club activities and join in our competitions to win fantastic prizes.