How to paint the interior of a Mansion – Part 4

watercolour by Pat Harrison

step 4 – click image to enlarge

Here is the next instalment of my step by step painting of the interior of a mansion. After posting the sketch and the first steps of adding colours I can now tell you about my next movements.

The figures in the family portraits were painted with a no.1 round brush using raw umber and cad red as well as ultramarine blue for the lady on the right. The lighter shades were created by lifting paint off with a damp brush. Next I have used the base colours mixed with raw umber and blue for the shadows.

The marble mantlepiece was painted black with my no.5 flat brush on a previously wetted surface. The frame around the fire screen was left blank to allow me to add some cad yellow at a later stage.

For the mirror above the fireplace I had to create the illusion of a gold frame by mixing yellow ochre and cad yellow later tinting the dried up areas with a minute touch of sap green. Raw umber was used for the shadows while the shadow on the wall was painted with watered down cobalt blue. All of it was done with my trusted no.1 flat brush.

This then also served to paint the reflections of the curtains in the mirror using a very thin layer of cad red and cobalt blue mixed with raw umber for the shadows.

The patterns on the Chinese vases on the table under the family portrait were created by stippling them with cobalt blue. The folds in the table cloths on the round table were to follow employing cad red mixed with cad yellow and some Chinese white.

Random strokes of the no.1 brush using cobalt blue mixed with raw umber created the tassels at the bottom edge of the table cloths.

To be continued.

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About Pat Harrison

Painting and drawing have been my passion from early childhood. I have attended numerous exhibitions in England and Germany. Presented with the Judges Award at a show I now have one of my paintings on permanent display at a museum in Greater London with growing sales and commissions.
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