Friday, December 28, 2012

Rock Beauty - A Work in Progress

I wanted to do a little more work on this painting which I had started earlier this year (see posts on 21 Mar 2012 and 27 Jul 2012).

My goal was to work on the sponges and perhaps get them completed today.

The base colour is Grumbacher red (naphthol red AS-D) and I added mixtures of burnt sienna for the shadows with a hint of ultramarine blue and cadmium yellow deep for the highlights.

I started with the tallest sponge and painted it in completely, then left a space and worked on the next sponge allowing time for the first one to dry.

I continued to work from one side of the clump of sponges to the other until the main grouping of sponges was completed.

Then I worked on the smaller sponges from the left side to the right (since I am right handed) so I did not get my hand into wet paint and smear it across the canvas.

I found that the small central sponge was too distracting and tended to draw the eye to it so I removed it from the painting.

I will post this painting at a later date once more of the painting has been completed.

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