I’ve not had the easiest week, and definitely not the best for writing, but in terms of painting I’ve had some fun experimenting so I thought I’d share that with you.
I’ve been enjoying playing with wet-on-wet techniques and then going in on the dry layer with a fairly dry, heavily pigmented brush. The results had varying levels of success! I’m wondering what you guys with think of them.
This sea scene was all wet work for the sky, water,landscaping and then I went back through with a drier brush for the details on the posts and the layers of grasses, trying to get the sense of depth. How do you think I did? I know there’s a lot I can do by way of precision and realism, but I like the wild feel it has, like it’s windy and damp.
It’s quite a lot of fun to do this technique, pulling the pigment around on the paper, it’s fast, and you don’t know quite how it’s going to turn out until the end. It’s great for practising.
And I painted this yesterday after meeting a ladybird on my way home from Morrisons.. I’m quite happy with the two little bits of shine, one on the lady, and one on the bottom of the green leaf. In future I’m going to prepare my palette and colours ahead of time, so the colours are closer in relation to each other, I think that would achieve better cohesion.
I’m still playing with ideas around the style I showed you last week (the pears and oranges), so watch this space. I know this posts more naturalistic approach isn’t my forté but I think it’s worth working on. I sometimes like to take the same subject and reproduce it in many ways, so I still might do that with the leaves.
I hope you’re all having a wonderful week, and find something fun you can do.