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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Siren of the Evening Star - stage 3

Started working on the clouds at the top, the nearest ones, trying to keep lots of soft edges and not make each cloud too distinct from the background sky. It is a certain time of the late afternoon/evening that I am trying get with soft pink clouds and a line more orange/yellow ones near the horizon. I am using a very useful colour made by Old Holland called Naples Yellow - Reddish Extra in the clouds.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Siren of the Evening Star - stage 2

First colour pass on the sky using mixes of King's Blue Light, Indanthrene Blue and  Zinc White knocking back the saturation with Permanent Orange for the sky. The clouds were given a wash of Permanent Orange and Brilliant Pink thinned with lots of Liquin and applied with a rag. I want lots of lost edges in the clouds for a soft look to the sky to get across the atmosphere I want. 

Butte States sold

"Butte States" has just sold to a buyer in the USA but the painting will still be exhibited at IX in October as they will pick it up from there at the end of the show on Sunday. It's just as well as I need paintings to exhibit there and two others that were intended for the show are already sold so won't be going! 
I slightly repainted it after posting it up recently by bulking up the foreground butte as it looked a bit thin and weedy...
Oil on linen 30" x 20".

Friday, 13 July 2018

Siren of the Evening Star - stage 1

Another painting about skies, this one is going to be kept pretty simple after the recent more complicated ones and will be completely about the sky. There is a small figure of a mermaid lying in the shallow water looking out to the distance where there will be a sailing ship on the horizon, very small, positioned a third of the way along the horizon from the left. The mermaid is positioned roughly a third of the way from the right so The Rule Of Thirds is being applied to the composition with the sailing ship just breaking the line of the horizon. The Evening Star (Venus) will be centrally placed about halfway down the picture. The colours will be kept fairly subtle and real but still with plenty of atmosphere and Romance, the mood being quiet with the shallow waves gently lapping the shore reflecting the clouds above.
This stage was "drawn" up first with a small brush using a mix of Burnt Umber and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin and turpentine and then in the afternoon the sky was washed in with a rag using the same paint mix but with more turpentine.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Butte States

"Butte States" is conceived as a companion piece to "City of the Sky People" in that it's another fantasy landscape painted in relatively real colours although the initial impetus to these paintings is really about the sky. This one is an imagination of a South West American desert landscape such as New Mexico whereby each mesa and butte is an individual city state kind of like there were in Italy in the Middle Ages, each one fortified with towers etc - sort of a futuristic Medieval fantasy landscape/cityscape!
As the painting developed the foreground butte and arch started to look deserted and abandoned which I liked the idea of and kind of gives it a bit more narrative. Maybe this one was abandoned due to water issues and the distant ones that are more modern looking have survived...
I have tried to vary the colour as much as I can to avoid two blocks of colour, blue sky and red landscape although the painting is based on the blue green/ red orange complementary colour axis.
This is a painting I hope to take to IX in October.
Oil on linen 30" x 20".
There is a step-by-step progress through this painting in previous posts on this blog.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Butte States - stage 16

Pretty much finished the foreground bar another suspension bridge and have also finished the mesa/butte at right. I am now working on the distant butte cities starting with the one on the left.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Butte States - stage 15

Working on the background landscape at right and the foreground landscape at left, with another suspension bridge to go in. Trying to get a sense of huge distance using subtle converging rock strata on the plateau at left and right.

The Golden Temple sold

My painting "The Golden Temple" has just sold through Asgard Arts. It was painted after a wonderful trip across India from Kolkata to Amritsar via Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, Agra, Delhi and Shimla by train a couple of years ago. I wanted to position the sun in such a way that what you could call lens flare would illuminate the central temple to make it look like it was made of gold. Of course the building itself is sheathed in gold leaf...
Oil on linen. 20" x 20". There is a step-by-step progress through this painting in earlier posts on this blog.