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Loch Fyne with John Rudkin

John Rudkin from Derbyshire visited the club this month and treated us to a wonderful scene from Scotland - Loch Fyne. All painted from memory and not a photograph in sight to copy from!

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Sky first

He began by wetting the paper in the area of the sky before dropping in a soft wash of Light Red. This was to show through the Neutral Tint of the grey clouds suggesting a setting sun.

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Distant mountains

John stressed the importance of contrasting light areas against dark adding mountains in varying shades of Neutral Tint and Burnt Sienna wet in wet washes.

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Adding the foreground

Keeping the building white and carefully painting around its outline he began with a small brush to create areas to be left for trees and bushes. Yellow Ochre and Burnt Sienna were used for the land dragging the brush across the paper leaving 'sparkles' of white to depict a rocky surface.

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Tree detail

He really 'wowed' us with this bit using a special 'Tadpole' brush to depict wonderful old windswept trees.

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Water and reflections

Filling in lots of detail now such as the windows on the building and really emphasising the focal point of the scene. Keeping similar colours as the sky the water was added keeping plenty of sparkle and creating reflections by clever use of a tissue!

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Fabulous finish!

He explained about 'capping off' using a cast shadow in the foreground to stop the painting falling off - directing the eye inward. Using the side of the brush details such as seaweed and dark shadows in the banks echoed the dark colours of the trees, creating life in the picture. The boats were added last in silhouette and without detail, just dragging down the paint with a wet brush to create shadows in the water. John ended exactly at 9.00pm to a big round of applause from a very appreciative audience. Nice one John!