It has been a while since I have done my “your life in light and colour” talk and I have been keen to get it sorted out again. I have updated my talk, reducing it to 7 points and an introduction and conclusion. And today I gave it a go, producing this painting:
It is good to take a photo. I am pleased with how the sky worked out. The paper just wrinkled and the colour poured down the gullies in the sheet. I dabbed up the colour that had flowed over the sea which in retrospect may have looked better if I had left it as it lay. The rocks in the foreground are not so great – all being the same size and shape – too boring – I must get this right next time. I was practicing my talk while I drew the picture and it was a bit distracting. Here is how it looks with some adjustment – a bit better I think. I will let it lie for a week maybe and see what last touch-ups are required. If I can produce something like this during my talk it will be tip-top.
And here is how it looks with final final touch ups. I can’t figure out these figures with the camera I am using. either the thumbnail is rotated or the picture when you click on it. I have tried to rotate the thumbnail only but it does not work – so – time to move on. I did the touch-ups to practice for doing another version of this on the back of another failed painting. I am listening to the Stranglers – Golden Brown – a classic
I have added a nice bright light to my set up with a flourescent globe that has quite an even spectrum so the colours are pretty correct in this version. Actually I would like to use this Canson paper again – it had a hot-pressed finish which I am enjoying more and more.
I am uploading a video with the process for painting the sky. There was music playing in the background which is probably a bit distracting but I thought I would put it in anyway.
Here is my rig for filming I balance my phone on the wooden bars at the top – check out the G-clamps – heh heh – very high tech.
And here is the video: