My friend Leslie gave me sage advice – “if you can’t get it right – practice it till you can” – well here is the first one:
I want to be more bold with my darks in the left foreground. and I want to carefully map out the path of the dark starter line from the middle (between the two big rocks) to the left of the painting. there is a lot that has to happen, putting down different colours, different saturations and softening edges to lead them up the rock. And look at what I should leave out too…
Here is the second try:
mmm – better – the puddle is still an issue. I have been looking for photos I have taken in different light but nothing yet. But the shape works better.
I am going to try one more in different light – here is version 3:
no – now I am going backwards – I have been trying to find the planes of light on the rock.
here is another go:
And here is the latest version of the whole painting on a full sheet of Arches – 760 x560 mm I think. I was a bit tired and I set up my whole rig to video the painting. Then I rushed the drawing a bit and got the proportions all wrong but decided to do the wash and all that – and my practice kind of got left out of the whole thing – now there is a lesson for reflection.
mmm – sss OK – not bril – it is just really good to be working in my studio again.