This quick one-page tutorial got its start in Marissa's November Challenge - " Snow Ain't Blue " thread, as part of a discussion on painting old fence posts. So here it is for those who may have missed it there and like to paint old farm femces, posts, jetties docks, piers and wharfs.
Painting Old Wood Fences and Wharfs
1. Sketch your post ( posts ) then wash in randomly a light wash of Yellow Ochre - this will act as the light part of the wood facing the light source.
2. Now, add a light wash of Madder, again randomly, into the still wettish Ochre. This will help gve that oldlook later on.
3, Tip in a stronger pigment of Burnt Umber into the still wet post - being careful not to let the paint go to the left or sunny side - don't paint straight lines, but wiggle the brush. By the way, a round brush is the way to go here.
4. Now add strong Indigo as shown - let the Indigo mix and mingle with the Umber Madder and Ochre. Make the post tops ragged as shown and make the post edges rough looking also - since most are like that.
5. Add some grasses at the bottom using the paints you've already mixed in the pallette. And use the same mix ( the dark liquid ) for your cast ground shadows. The dark mix contains all the colours you've used and thus makes perfect, natural shadows - no black please.
6. Add fence rails if you want using the same method - light on top and dark underneath.
Note: If you want to depict winter
you can do this two ways ( not shown here ) ( a ) Dabble in some Maskit for snow areas before Step 1, then remove after Step 6 with a Maskit eraser.
( b ) when dry after Step 6 go into the fence posts and rails with White Gouache, touching lightly for blown or fallen snow.
If your old wood is part of a jetty or dock
, use the same process - but add a little Sap Green washed into some areas down near the water to represent algae and seaweeds. You'll also need reflections in the surrounding water - here again the dark liquid in your pallette will make an ideal composite shadow medium.
Have fun - bit of practice and you'll earn your doctorate in OFJDP ( that's Old Fence Jetty and Dock Oainting ).