Tonight I worked on the other two relics in the foreground. Approached them same as the others, however the one on the edge of the picture is a bit darker. It has to be toned down as its further away. I'll stop now and see how I feel about it over the next few days. Next I need to start work on the birds.
Last night I started working on foreground rock/sculpture relic figures. I'm using a mixture of ivory black, zinc white, burnt umber, some yellow ochre and hints of cerulean blue. Just feeling my way around until I'm happy. I want them to look like ancient sculptures, marble-like and not simply rocks. Pushing paint around and trying to capture a brushstroke I'm excited about. It's like laying down a stroke and then another and many times it just doesn't work. Then I have to put down a mid- tone or dark again and go for the light over the top. This goes on until I'm happy to leave it alone. Sometimes you just have to stop and move on. The danger of over-working an area is a constant problem to overcome.
Still wanted to work on this piece again tonight. I've added some touches of blue and impure red in the water. Also I worked on the sky to finish it off, especially around the vessel or tree. The relics in the foreground are progressing well. I'm mixing green greys and keeping things loose. Slowly tightening the image and feeling my way around, finding darks and lights until I'm happy. I'm going to slowly keep lightening the rocks until the foreground jumps out a bit more. Next session will be interesting.
Ok finally got around to working on this painting again tonight. Decided to work on the middle ground water section. I mixed ivory black with white to make a mid tone grey, my tinting color I mix with most colors. Then I mixed a nice olive green using that grey and yellow ochre. Darkening it with more ivory black and lightening it with zinc white when needed. Laid it down blocking it in and covering the previous paint completely. I like the tone and it suits the scene make better. Works well with the other colors and ties the whole picture together. After this, the horizon landscape needed to be adjusted too. I've applied the similar color to the trees and land. Works better. Also straightened the horizon line. I'm thinking of calling this piece The Vessel with Relics. Just a thought at the moment.
Artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Paintings, works on paper. Mostly creates monotypes and monoprints