The painting is on 300 gm Fabriano rough and is 560 x 760mm.
The family has gone off to catch the latest Harry Potter movie. I am feeling a bit bushed but was keen to use the time to paint. Yesterday we took a hike up Table Mountain with the cousins from KZN. I took the group from Rhodes Memorial up Newlands Ravine, over the Knife Edge and up the Ledges Route to Maclears beacon which is the highest point of the mountain. When I studied I regularly used to take the route at the end of the day. I would give myself enough time to set up a camp before dark, though I remember I did not always get it right and remember one time when I went off route and found myself on an open face, in the dark, with a good hundred meter drop below me. Anyway I had forgotten how nippy some of the sections were so we had a bit of a tense ascent. Ethan was very brave about it but the last section was a bit much – anyway we all got up. The team decided not to go down by the same route so we had a snack and headed down Skeleton Gorge, and back along the contour path and down through Newlands Forest. All in all a good 20kms. Ethan was looking forward to lunch at the upper cable station but we agreed that this would take too much time. So we all went and had a slap up feast at a local joint when we were down.
I am happy to rest and paint. And listen to JJ Cale, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Here are the different sketches I did for planning.
I thought of some exciting perspectives but in the end, maybe yesterday was exciting enough, so I went with a standard kind of design. Actually I think it is a little, well, ho hum. But let’s see how it develops.
And here is the first wash. I was hoping for more separation in the sky as I am using a rough paper (Fabriano).
this is how far I got last night – the sea needs some darks to make it sparkle more – with is quite risky – but I am keen to give it a go – Also I think I will bring the headland on the right forward with more detail – maybe –
And here is how it looks this afternoon. I thought there was too much light space in the foreground so I put in some of the coastal bush you find there. This involves taking a deep breath and plunging my brush into the Windsor Greens and Reds and the Quinacridone green and gold. I have also started putting some careful detail in the rock and the leopard (that looks more like a hyena – but I can fix that). So wat dink julle???