Friday, 14 September 2007

I've started so I'll finish......

I didn't want to start another project, with two already on the go, so I'm working again on La Mothe, and it's coming on well.

Today I started work on the hotel facade, to get that cracked, defining the roof, balconies and metal work detail. Then I moved to the pavement and shadows there, and lastly I've gone over the tree branches, as they're key to tie it all in.

Next I'll finish the foliage and highlights to the foreground, and I think I'll be done.

It's started to take on a life of it's own, and I'm finding myself looking more at the painting than the photo I'm working from. I'm also checking it out with my eyes unfocused, to see if I'm achieving a sense of depth.

Now I see it on screen I don't like the roof, and the house on the left is too bright. I also think the sky is too dark, too 'blue' but I don't want to have to over paint it, or it'll fudge the branches. Damn. We live and learn. Maybe I could add a wash to the sky to make it even darker, so the house really stands out!

Any suggestions anyone?


Melanie Rimmer said...

I like this, although the choice of subject matter doesn't say much to me I know it's meaningful to you. One of the things I like about it is the sense of depth. The trees clearly stand in front of the houses, and the sky recedes. I also like the palette, and the sense of light you've achieved.

Yellow said...

Thanks, Mel. For those who don't know, I've visited New Orleans a number of times, and have strong memories of the coloured wooden houses there. It was one of the things that first struck me when wandering around.
The dappled light, casting cool shadows in the strong afternoon sun are another memory.
And the wonky paintings of Michaelouplous remind me of drunken evenings spent there!!

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