Cley Mill

Cley Mill

Colin Steed - Artist & Tutor - Hi Melvin. You need a darker mix for the mill tower. The sails would stand out more. How did you apply your masking fluid? I used an old riger loaded with clean water before I dip into masking fluid then the fluid tends not to get into the hairs of the brush. The sky has worked well but the composition would be improved with a darker mix in the distant land. I think you may have used a ready mixed green. Try mixing your greens with the blue and yellow you used in sky and land. Also use earth colours - Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna and Light Red to paint bricks and tiles in your landscapes. Well done though.

Colin, Hi, and thanks for your comments. I'm truely grateful. I do feel my palette is a bit on the light side. I've applied the masking fluid with a old sable brush, that is now clogged - I'll try your suggestion of dipping a brush in water and then applying. I have used greens direct and am slightly cautious of mixing colours, which in the past have become a muddy mess. Thanks for your feedback.

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8x11 on 140lb Langton not. Small painting but thought I'd have a go. The blades and the shadow on the windmill haven't really worked. Thought I'd try a spire instead of the tower, but would appreciate comments. By Melvin Keyte

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