Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Hunting for colour
Autumn Creek 10" x 12" o/c
Autumn creek was painted on a Masonite panel that had been triple gessoed and pre stained prier to being painted on. The original layout was drawn with a 'loose' mixture of ultramarine blue and alizarin . This was followed up with a larger brush to lay in the darker colours (shadow areas and dark objects ) in the composition. I used the same brush to lay in the middle tone values of the brighter colours on top and around the shadow areas and dark objects.
Lastly, I checked the values of my colours (many were overly close to each other on the gray scale) and removed many of the middle values. From there it was simply a matter of using my "rigger" to put in a few sticks and branches to suggest some detail and help give a finished look to the painting.