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Step 9: Raising The Roofs


While the paint for the ocean is drying, you can paint the buildings’ roofs. Mix Yellow Ochre and Cadmium Yellow Orange with the Cotman size 2 brush, then fill in the roof area. As watercolor paint is quite transparent, you can even layer it on top of shadows if necessary. This adds to the harmony and depth of the painting. Add Cadmium Red Deep, more Cadmium Yellow Orange, and some Burnt Sienna for roof tiles and rusty areas, using a size 1 round brush for the smaller details. To paint the value of a roof in shadow, you can add Alizarin Crimson and Ultramarine blue for a deep violet color. Use this color to paint the underside of the roofs as well (i.e. the slight shadow cast by the roof). Mix in some Payne’s Gray and more blue to paint the remaining details of the building, such as the windows or to touch up any areas that you need. Make sure not to oversaturate them – use paper towel to wipe off any excess paint or water on your brush. Keep checking your reference picture and value sketch to guide you in your decisions.