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Paint a church in Cyprus with David Thomas
Demonstration: Church in Cyprus
I began by reversing the board to lay in a sky, using light red at the horizon, fusing with cobalt blue.
When this was dry, I added the very pale distant hill in a watery purple wash and painted the orange figure. It is this figure and her white shirted companion against the dark background, which add interest to this composition.
Being left-handed I tackled the area to the right of the church first. For this I used mainly perylene green, taking care when painting round the white shapes of the memorial and figures. A lighter green was used to the top of the tree abutting the church.
A warm grey was then mixed, and flooded over all the shadow areas. Then, whilst still damp, a strong mix was dropped into the really dark areas, painting carefully around the figures.
The roof was painted with burnt sienna, and I continued to refine the details in this dark area.
I finished off by completing the figures and their shadows, and laying a light wash over the foreground and the gable end of the church and making marks to suggest the mortar joints.
I decided the tower could be improved, so I sponged it out and repainted this area, including most of the sky.
I then strengthened the distant hill and added a few imaginary birds in the foreground.