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Ian's Art. Painting the Umbrella. A step by step guide.

PSS Umbrella

Ian S has kindly let us have a view of of his current work - started in the Autumn of 2019. Ian has painted the Umbrella centre before but is having another go and is taking us step by step in what he's doing.

Next step is to get the brick work done on the building and get every thing squared up with the Windows and door area but with the bricks I'll be going for a more easy but effective method.

Stage 2

Adding brick work-

Sketches for how i did these bricks...

Firstly adding the brick work to the building.... there was a question if I should paint these in fully or partially? I really didn't want to go there doing all the bricks as I did on the earlier canvas in partially i went for and it worked out. I started at the top of the canvas where there is light and

drawing in with a ruler horizontal lines and I'll do this here and there going further down the canvas where I've lightened the wall. Then I've drawn in the bricks and painted them also doing some dry brush work to blend them in more to follow ....but i am happy enough with how the bricks look on the canvas.

Next stage - Windows

These I've had to do again and are in the process of being improved upon so stage three these 'll be much better in every way

Previous stages are below.

Stage 1

So far I've been building up the colours on the building using very light brown at the top for light and further down a combination of brown, black and white for the brick colour. I was looking for an easier way to do the brick work but I feel I might have to do each individual brick or partially? but i hope by stage 2 I'll have sorted this problem out?

Introduction - The starting point

The first thing I did was to get a drawing onto the canvas but getting the angle of the building didn't go to plan at first.

You can see the difference in the picture below which show the angles better

I had to use a second canvas and this time it went well so once happy with the drawing I added a base coat of acrylic paints building these up so I'm nearly at a stage now where I will be working on an effective way to do the brick work without painting in each brick. Also where the the edge of the wall is to the door this needs straightening up a touch also the Windows require some work but the detailing and bringing the painting together 'll get there soon enough.

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Dave W
Aug 19, 2020

Love the way the building is taking shape. The way you've done the brickwork is really effective. Well done Ian. Looking forward to the next stage

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