Saturday, July 20, 2013

Blues Lines 2 and 3 -Two Works in Progress

These were two abstract paintings that I had started last year (see posts on 08 August 2012) and after looking at them with fresh eyes I decided that they would make underwater paintings.

I have changed the name of Blue Lines 2 to Angelfish 1 as the blue lines seemed to be a fish shape. I added an eye and some lips and indicated where I would paint in the fins.

Using mixtures of French ultramarine blue and Antwerp blue to indicate water and then using raw sienna with a touch of burnt sienna for the sandy bottom of the ocean.

Angelfish 1

Next I added some sea grass with various mixtures of the two blues and raw sienna, then I set this painting aside to dry while I think about what more it needs to complete the background.

Since I also had Blue Lines 3, I placed a piece of tracing paper over the painting and sketched in another underwater scene.

Sunken Logs 1

I changed the blue shape into the shadowed side of an underwater tree stump and added a fallen cedar tree.

After looking at it for a little while, I placed in a generic fish shape into the background. I will have to decide what kind of fish it needs to be and if I just want the one fish. I think changing its name to Sunken Logs 1 is appropriate.

I will post both these paintings at a later date once more work on them is completed.