Yesterday evening I finished off my skyscape cloud picture. It was a lot of fun and I am quite happy with how it turned out.
I did almost the whole painting with a 1″ soft brush which is an unusual diversion for me. My palette was quite restricted as well – titanium white, phthalo blue, oxide black and a bit of ultramarine blue.
I mixed the paints with matt acrylic medium and a small amount of water – just enough to keep it flowing – but really most of the picture was done scumbling with a pretty dry brush. The result looks better than the image you can see on the right and is quite pleasing. A bit abstract even… though I still don’t think it would qualify for my “abstract piece” I promised in my yearly goals.
This afternoon I started on a new piece – and as is fitting; a picture of Jerusalem under snow! You can see what it looks like here on the left.
Seeing as I haven’t actually made it to Jerusalem, the picture is based on reference material as well as the general feel for things as I look out the window.
My palette is again a limitted one. I am using a lot of titanium white, oxide black and phthalo blue. Apart from that I have yellow ochre and raw umber in the walls there. The underpaint is a steely grey, which I then sketched over in a dilute black. I blocked in the objects in greyscale values.
Once I had all the picture more or less sketched and blocked I added in the color on the walls. I haven’t got to the olive trees in the foreground yet and I am also not sure whether to leave the tower under mist. The mist incidentally happened by accident as I was reworking the sky and I painted over the tower and the tops of the walls instead of working around them. Feel free to suggest what you think in the comments (if you’ve got this far through the post…).
It looks like I’m going to be home tomorrow as well, so I should be able to get it finished.