Local artist Helen Cassidy made a return visit to demonstrate how she paints acrylic landscapes.
Helen’s used a range of acrylic colours. Titanium white, buff, warm grey, prussian blue, indigo, purple, olive green, yellow ochre, burnt sienna.
Helen had already prepared a board with burnt sienna as a background, with crumpled tissue to create random texture. She roughly painted the mountains with a purple/prussian blue mixture. Using a small brush she added dark rock edges and started to paint the dark banks of the river.
Helen then used a rag to apply browns either side of the river.
She then applied buff colour by rag into the sky. The darker colour showed through a little.
Helen then rubbed the buff on rag over the textured dark hills to produce rocky highlights, then worked in shadow in indigo/purple with a small brush.
After painting the river loosely in a purple/prussian blue mix, she added various colours to the valley, olive green, yellow ochre and burnt sienna, with a medium brush in a scumble effect. She used darker shades for the lower valley sides.
She added growing vegetation with vertical strokes in yellow ochre and added trees in an indigo/purple mix.
Again using a rag with buff, Helen rolled a mist over the top of the mountains
After adding foliage to the trees, Helen painted in an eye catching white house, completing the demonstration painting.