Archive for August, 2007

Almost done!

I did quite a bit of work this evening. All small touches that make all the difference. The extra rungs in the railing, texture on the low walls, detail in the doorway (glass in top and some depth inside ay\t the bottom). I also straightened the step, added some white on the wall in the mid area and touched up the lamp a bit.

Basically all the action items done. What I’ll do now is leave it over Shabbat (no painting on Saturdays) and see how it grows on me. Maybe on Sunday I’ll just sign it but probably there will be a few more touches before I’m done.

 Shabbat Shalom (sabbath greetings)!

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I use a lot of titanium white paint. Loads of it. I tend to mix a lot of it into mixtures and I also apply pure white highlights.

Most of my paints are Talens Rembrandt which come in convenient 40ml tubes. However I buy my titanium white in big 150ml or even 175ml tubes (I also have zinc white in a regular 40ml tube). Generally the paints that come in these big tubes are lower grade, but I have found the Hönig “professional” range of paints available here in Israel or Pébéo “studio” range to be very good. Basically, depending on which shop I can get to, I buy the best large tube I can get.

I recently bought a tube of Talens Amsterdam titanium white (comes in big tubes and I thought that being from a good company, it would be OK even if they call it a student grade paint). I was rather disappointed. It lived up to everything I have read about lower grade paints. My main problem with it is that it is too transparent. When I mix it into other colors I end up using loads of paint and if I want to add a pure highlight I have to put on several layers just top see the white.

Anyway, now I see why everyone says not to use student grade paints. Yesterday I went out and bought another tube of Hönig white. Use artist grade paints!

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Here’s my list of action items:

  1. Add some more details to the new railing
  2. Make the left hand wall look a bit more interesting while we’re at it
  3. The lower left hand corner is now a bit boring. Think about that one
  4. Clear up the mid field between the foreground plant and the right hand one by the door
  5. Does the inside of the doorway need some detail?
  6. Figure out what the size of the large pot by the door ought to be and scale it down.
  7. Work out which direction the sun is coming from and ensure that the highlights and shades are consistent throughout.
  8. Decide what to do with the lamp over the doorway.

I think that’s about it for now.

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Final changes for the day. Hard to miss the change here.

The low wall on the left hand side was bothering me. I wanted to see what would happen if I put a metal railing round the area of the balcony in front of the door. I sketched in a railing in charcoal and it seemed to make sense.

OK, so lets take the plunge. In software development this is the time that you check in your work to the source control and then start working. You can always roll back. No rollbacks in painting :-(. Maximum you can do is try to redo what used to be there.

Anyway, in the origianal there is that little wiggle in the line of the wall. In order to put a railing on the top of the wall, I was going to need to widen the top surface of the coping on the wall and then plant the railing in the external edge. This would also mean removing the wiggle and just carrying the line of the coping along in a straight line the whole way.

First I painted in the railing in white over the charcoal and then added a little sap green for flavor. Next I went down to the stonework and added in the straight lines for the new edges of the coping and the  wall itself. Several layers and you would never know it was ever any different.

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In order to make the foreground plant stand out a bit I outlined in white. There is still a bit of a mess in the middle between that plant and the right hand one by the door. That is going to need some more attention. I also noticed that the pot on the left hand one is a bit too big and is taking over too much of the balcony there.

 I then extended the left hand door a bit out past the end of the wall. Layered shapes shopuld never end on the same line but always overlap partly and protrude. It make for more interesting composition. I then tone down the sky a bit so that you can see the door better.

I was still not happy with the low walls. The near one needed a bit of straightening, which I did (if you can notice it). The far wall got slightly more radical treatment which you will see in my next post.

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