Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Tidying Up

I've spent some time this morning in the studio having a bit of a clear out, stacking primed canvases, and having a look at the painting I'm working on of hotel in New Orleans. I started it in July, and I got stuck on the foliage. This morning I added some more shadows and some more foliage, and have set it aside as I wasn't happy with it. But viewing it on the blog I can see that I have achieved an amount of depth, and the foliage is starting to hang together. Now I want to work from far to near; to look again at the colours in the sky, then get to grips with the hotel facade and the house beside it and the pavement. Then block in the foliage in the background and the shadows on the road. And lastly, get some strength in the tree trunks and add the last of the foliage highlights, and touches of overhead wires.

I think my problem has been that I have only looked at the canvas close to, and have not spent any time viewing it as a whole, which is what the small image on the blog lets me do.

So here it is so far.

I have no idea what I'll be working on next, but I intend to keep my sketch book with me this week and see what pops up for me to draw.


Kelly said...

Good to see you back Steph, missed you, Kelly x

Lisa said...

I think the painting is coming along beautifully and you have achieved an element of depth and mystery here. Can't wait to see the next image. Bravo on taking the foliage on and making it work!

Yellow said...

Thanks Lisa, I dry brushed a purple over the lower floor of the hotel, and I like the effect.
And I've missed you too Kelly.

Bill of Ballaugh said...

It was lovely having you over here in Ballaugh and your two impromptu sketches just blew my friend Mike away. Seeing the grandchildren was the best. I hope they enjoyed building the den at the top of the haggard and making the stool. I'm delighted to see you're back at work, sketching and painting. Keep it up as I need more work to hang with the three you've already given me. They are up, by the way. Mel and Eddy hung them for me.

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