I intend to paint a number of small pictures to take to IX alongside the larger ones, these like the others will centre around the skies as being the main reason for painting them although the skies are not always the dominating feature compositionally.
This is just a scene from my imagination, there is nowhere called Al Zimbra, the title is partly from a David Byrne track that I always liked the name of. I originally intended for the colours to be based on turquoise blue/greens over warm red/oranges, the clouds more fluffy and summery but I suddenly changed my mind and went for a more Maxfield Parrish look with the clouds more vertical and dramatic. There is also a hint of NC Wyeth in some of the cloud shapes...no bad thing!
I was able to link the two areas of red/oranges and green blues by painting the domes within the largely red/orange area a similar colour to the blue/green sky. This was a nice link as well as maintaining colour harmony.
12" x 16" oil on Winsor & Newton fine weave canvas.
There is a step-by-step progress through this painting in previous posts on this blog.