Hello and welcome to my Monday Blog.
Joining the digital world
On Friday I decided to experiment with some digital tools.
This is a photograph in my garden completely transformed with colour.
It may well find its way to becoming a new painting.
Still Life Study
Another photograph is of some ceramic vessels in an artist friend's home.
Taking an initial photograph I edited the image with the drawing tool.
When I returned home I went straight into my studio to use my ideas.
I had a board already primed with some orange and patches of green.
Using a pencil I sketched the basic vessel shapes on top.
Next, using a mix of Burnt Sienna, some red and cold wax medium
I applied the oil paint with a knife, smoothed it with a squeegee
and then 'carved' out the vessel shapes with it's edge.
I left some thicker patches of oils and scraped some of it back for
a few paler parts. It has a textured look and a loose, abstracted feeling.
Work in progress...
Oils and cold wax medium on canvas board 16 x 20 inches
For a more colourful painting I could use my edited photograph for reference.
On the easel
This painting has been on my easel for a few weeks.
I keep returning to it...changing parts and adding new layers of paint.
I think it is nearly 'finished' but I will leave it to settle.
There may still be alterations.
Then I had an idea....
Taking a photograph of the work I used my digital editing again.
This will show me how the painting can be changed without
damaging the exisiting design. It is only on top of a photograph.
I quite like the white patch next to the lime green.
Also, the bright blue top right and lower left.
a small uneven patch of primrose yellow lower middle adds a little zest.
If it goes wrong I shall reach for a rag and some solvent.
I will let you know what happens...
Best laid plans...
What happened was nearly a disaster.
I tried to use my digital ideas on the canvas as in the image above.
The blue parts were fine and also the yellow.
Next, I mixed some white with a hint of blue.
Using a knife I applied the paint and spread it liberally.
I would like to say it was a huge success but in reality my plan did not work.
Two hours later I had added, scraped off, changed colours and made a mess.
At least that was what it seemed...
I decided to leave it and escaped to the house for a cup of tea.
On return to my studio I had a fresh look at my painting.
I was pleasantly surprised...
The break away from working paid off.
A Moment of Calm Oils on canvas 30 x 40 inches
(Before re-working) (After re-working)
The green simplifies the composition.
In hindsight, there was too much going on before.
I think my near disaster has actually helped to pull the work together.
Time to let it dry.
Until next Monday...
Thank you for visiting.