Sunday, January 23, 2011
Rocks - WIP
I probably need my head examined for starting another very complex painting, but start I have and will take my time to build layers on it. The rocks leading out into the sea give Flatrock its name and consist of blocks and many thin layers, looking almost like a multi-layered cake at times.
I spent most of the afternoon drawing the piece onto 200lb paper and have starting the first layers of colour. I used the same reference piece which was taken in early morning so the sun was catching the edges of the rock with a pink/gold light, the blues and browns and purples seemed to stand out and give the view more interest.
Its interesting experimenting with different colours for the rocks and these initial washes are Italian Deep Ochre, Moonglow, Lunar Blue, Indigo, Turquoise and Mummy Bauxite with some touches of Lunar Black and Rich Green Gold. All these are Daniel Smith colours and I do love their watercolour pigments. I'll continue to build colours with glazes and keep my fingers crossed.
This a similar view of the same rocks in Flatrock, which I completed in pen and ink in 2009. That piece was submitted to the Arts and Letters Awards and got Honourable Mention with some hanging time in The Rooms in April 2010.