Medium: Oil on Canvas
Working Title: Evening Tide
Underpainted started using red acrylic.
I know… looks like 2001 A Space Odyssey, but in reality, it is exactly the opposite of that composition…
The rest of the underpainting has been added using yellow, blue and black. I know there is a big gap in time here, but I started (and completed) a portrait project during this time (Christmas gift).
The most wonderful thing about oils is that you can spend a couple hours creating an abomination like the one pictured above, and in 10 minutes you can wipe it all off and be right back where you started – which is exactly what I did with this horrific sky!
Much Better! I redid the sky based upon a photo I took off of my back deck, and I am much happier with this. This was all done in a single (long) day. Though I personally prefer the light, wispy clouds I typically do, I am making an effort to capture all of the different, magnificent cloud formations I see here in Colorado and elsewhere.
Here is a detail of the figure. She is definitely a bit of a different genre than most of the figures in my work, but I am consciously working to branch out and include different types of figures that will depict a wider span of time. Those of you who know me may recognize this strawberry blond, braided ponytail.
Back to work on this little gem. I did the wall on the left, and will go back over it with glazes to change the hue of the upper wall, and to add more depth and shadowing overall.
I added a red glaze over the wall closest to the viewer to begin casting the shadows that appear as you move further from the opening at the end of the alley. I also added a milky blue glaze over the window frame to tone down the green a bit. I will go back and put a black glaze over all of this to create more depth and a greater focus on the figure.
Added the first of the black glazes on the wall to continue to build depth. Also did a bit of the glaze on the figure as well. The glaze is very transparent, so the original colors still show through. The photo looks a bit darker than it actually appears.
Painted the wall on the right and the stone walkway.
I will need to go back and add a dark glaze over the wall on the right, and perhaps the walkway, once dry. A few details after that and it will be complete.
Here is the final piece. I added some more dark glazing over the building on the right side, and on the foreground of the stone walkway. Though I had decided to rename the piece “Windows”, I have since gone back to the original title “Evening Tide”.