Hiya folks! So 'Midnight Stars has finally been varnished with a lovely beeswax satin finish which really suits the raw canvas base of the painting.
It's also been flipped here (I think it looks great either way though how it is finally displayed will ultimately be up to the final collector).
There were quite a few twists and turns in its creation and if you're interested in reading more regarding that journey check out its WIP on my blog at 'Midnight Stars WIP'!
If you are more interested in the ideas and concept behind the piece, read more at 'Midnight Stars'.
Thanks for the visit guys, I truly appreciate it! :D
It was great fun painting this alla prima oil of a subject matter so close to my heart, my mother and little cat (at the time) Crookshanks.
I wanted to really capture the early morning light as it shone brightly, illuminating the dark interior of my mother's bedroom. So, unlike the rest of the piece, the window area was left bare of any toned underpainting. The rest was painted with a limited palette over a toned ground of paynes grey, yellow ocher and raw umber.
Much of this toned ground is left uncovered in the final piece intentionally and background elements have been left with a rough unfinished look.
Vine charcoal was the perfect medium in helping to create this soft toned atmospheric piece.
Using a Sepia Light Conte Pencil, the figure was drawn, making sure the 'quality of line' was good as this drawing would be seen in the completed piece. The acrylic primed rough watercolour paper was a great surface to work on. Once I was satisfied with the drawing, the shadows were given a wash of Chinese Black Ink ( there is just a unique luminous quality to chinese ink and I love using it whenever possible ).
To help get my bearings I now went in with the lightest light I planned for the piece.
A splash of white acrylic (with a touch of raw umber) carved out the structure of the man's head and shoulder. Though I had a rough idea where I wanted the white to go, I was always aware of how the composition was developing as I was applying it and adjusting accordingly. For example, I had planned to paint down over the man's left shoulder more, but then the drip happened and looked so good I had to leave it. Acrylic dries fast so decisions had to be made quickly.
With the lights and darks established I went in with a little more detailing for the figure with white chalk, charcoal and the sepia light pencil. I had to be careful not to do too much or risk losing the mood of the piece..
Had to say adieu to this one today. I was surprisingly sadder than usual to see a piece go. I was quite pleased at successfully achieving just the exact glowing emerald hue I had envisioned for the snake and this was also my first attempt at trying a new crosshatching technique with the oil paint too.. Despite this I could not feel more blessed with whom she is on her way to right now!.. Thank you so much for making a home for two!.. :)
More info on how this piece was created etc. at 'Original Sin Rebirth'
Hi guys!, This little piece is done finally after a few failed attempts. With it being so tiny, the crosshatched strokes I wished to create at first were coming out a little too thick and clumsy, but each time I just rubbed it down and started again.. I think it came out well in the end!..
Check out the WIP for this piece at: Testing DIY Silverleaf Sealant, Size & Colour Palettes.
Went for a much looser technique in this the 2nd of this 3 part series. Whereas the 1st was painted with a size 4 flat synthetic brush, this piece was painted completely with a relatively large Size 9 flat hog bristle. No preliminary underpainting or drawing was done either, rather I started blocking in with colour straight away on just a toned background, placing each block of colour as accurately as possible straight away and thus building the whole painting in this straightforward manner alone.
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