So, it look likes it’s finished. I piut some finishing touches on this evening and I can’t see any more work that needs doing there.
A few comments on techniques. As I pointed out in my first post on this painting, I set out using “vectors” – lines that descibe the dynamics of the pictiure and then painted in by feel from there. This is rather than setting out by grid, that I think gives a more static feel to the finished picture.
I painted from the top down. The top represents the furthest object, so this is logical. I think the important point here for this painting is that I didn’t build up in layers, but rather started from the top down and just kept going. Relative to some other pictures I’ve done in the recent past, I laid most of the paint on more or less neat and only used a small amount of water mainly for lubrication and not in order to create a wash.
I was also a lot bolder with color. Right from the start I decided to go for the rather extremely purple shaded cliffs and to reproduce this in the path at the bottom. It followed from here that I needed to make the trees and the other colors bold. The backlighting on the trees that starkly contrasts the cliffs both in hue and in color value is what really makes the picture.
I am really happy with this one. A great start towards my exhibition (still dateless).