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Wednesday, 30 November 2022

A Sacred Space

 This is another tree painting with it's roots in a Midjourney piece (pun intended). I liked the pooling of light at the bottom of the tree and somehow triggered a memory of when I came across the remains of a Wiccan (?) ceremony in the ancient yew forest of Kingley Vale some years ago. The people that know about these things will notice that I have mixed together two seasons as corn dollies are associated with the end of the harvest season whereas I have set them in an Autumnal/Winter scenario.... artistic license in operation.... 

I am kind of thinking that I could have left out the artefacts and might have been a better painting but I liked the idea of the painting having more of a context to it rather than just being a straight landscape painting.

Oil on fine cotton 16" x 12".

There is a step-by-step progress through this painting in previous posts on this blog.


Kingley Vale

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

The Gathering - stage 1

 While "A Sacred Space" is drying before I can scan and post it I am getting on with another tree painting with it's roots in a Midjourney piece (pun intended). I have changed the main tree completely but otherwise using an adapted version of the Midjourney piece as per the lighting etc but missing out the lights at the top. Maybe it's a gathering of faery folk?... natural phenomena? Aliens?

This is the tonal underpainting stage using my usual mix of Burnt Sienna and Dioxazine Purple thinned with Liquin and applied with a rag and flat brush.

Oil on fine cotton 16" x 12"



Sunday, 27 November 2022

A Sacred Space - stage 5

 Kind of finished off the background but won't know until the foreground is properly in. The painting is based on a red/orange - green/blue colour complementary... it's just a question of getting the right blue I want. The painting looks a bit better than it does in this photograph so I think it's basically on track....

Saturday, 26 November 2022

A Sacred Space - stage 4

 Getting all the basic background in today, planning on getting it to look right tomorrow when the paint is dry. I'm not panicking yet...

Friday, 25 November 2022

A Sacred Space - stage 3


First colour pass on the background, Early days yet, the colours should work but need another day on the background to knock it into shape. Basically following the colours of the Midjourney piece.

Colours used: Dioxazine Purple, Indanthrene Blue, Phthalocyanine Green, Permanent Sap Green, Cobalt Teal, Burnt Sienna, Permanent Orange, Yellow Lake Deep, Lead Tin Yellow Lemon and Zinc White.

Thursday, 24 November 2022

A Sacred Space - stage 2

 Didn't get a lot done today apart from a second pass of the warm underpainting colour mix on the foreground. I like the transition from the warm foreground areas to the cool background in the original Midjourney piece and am going to try and replicate this in the painting. As far as I can see the rest of the painting will be done with a cool blue/green mix so that the foreground warm areas pop. Will have a long hard look at it over tomorrow morning's breakfast coffee....

The Singing Tree

 Carrying on with the tree theme this is another painting with it's origins in Midjourney (shown at end of post) the title immediately arriving before I started painting it so I guess the painting wanted to be called this. As usual the Midjourney piece triggered the idea of some steps leading to a kind of platform at the base of the central tree and as the painting wanted to be called The Singing Tree it seemed obvious to have a small figure there with the pose maybe suggesting someone was singing... to the tree? Anyway the painting is as much about lighting as anything else and after initially thinking of having a Maxfield Parrish look to it I decided to go for a misty morning light instead. With all these tree pictures I want them to look like a painting as opposed to the more photographic look that I tend towards.

Oil on fine cotton 12" x 16".

There is a short step-by-step progress through this painting in previous posts on this blog.