Tip 7: Painting Stonework

You might think painting stonework would make for a time consuming piece….every individual brick work pattern. Instead try painting more loosely to give the impression of stonework. I used this technique in one of my more recent pieces ‘Over the Road’.

To give the impression of stonework I painted a pale sand/brown coloured wash over the canvas then left to dry. I then mixed a few different shades of darker brown and using a small flat brush (as pictured) applied on top of the base coat. I mixed and matched which darker shades I used across the painting to add interest and imply wear/weathering as the houses in this instance were old. I used the flat brush as it provided the shape of the bricks with each stroke.

As you can see from the close up photo the stone shapes were not placed in the brick-like pattern the house was built in and you can even see two stones painted directly above one another which wouldn’t happen in house building! From a distance however you cannot see the individual stones and automatically see it as stonework.

To add a small amount of definition I added a couple of sections of oil pastel stonework outlines (not necessarily following the paint) in a contrasting colour.

See the finished piece here: http://catherinethomascreativedesigns.tumblr.com/post/54272639857/over-the-road-saltaire-my-latest