3 Paint a Cottage
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This art lesson is for oil or acrylic.
In this simple exercise we find we do not need to paint every little detail.
The vague background leaves the viewer satisfied with wondering what might be back there under those pale hills - (possibly nothing).
The background is almost white.
Here we learn how to paint a shack in a few brush strokes.
Keep the hills low and pale, space the shack, tree and fence posts well apart; this will give us a feeling of the Outback Australia.
The shack should be at a height where the middle of the windows is about level with the far distant ground. (horizon line = eye level)
Do not detail the shack or paint it very square as most old shacks are almost falling over.
Once you learn how to paint a shack you can add it to your own arrangements but always have it facing into the picture.
Try to work through this exercise with definite brush strokes and do not keep going back over your work. We like the rustic look.
The foliage in the tree should be full color, so wipe your brush clean and do not let any white get into the dark paint.
The colors are Burnt Umber and White. You may choose a different dark color.
If you are working in oils, use Titanium White and thin your paints a little so they will flow off the brush. (I use a few drops of turpentine)