Thursday, October 8, 2015

Back Lit - A Work in Progress

This is a painting I had started in the Lucy Manley workshop last month.

I used Background 19 (see post on 28 February 2015) which already had a warm base colour made from cadmium red, cadmium lemon and cadmium yellow.

Using cadmium red I indicated the main tree trunks the shapes of where the large areas of foliage would be placed and indicated where the pathway would go through the opening in the trees would be placed.

Next the darker greens were painted in with various mixes of cadmium yellow and French ultramarine blue.

More cadmium yellow was added to the green mixture for the lighter green leaves.

With various mixes of white, burnt sienna, French ultramarine blue and alizarin crimson the pathway to the opening in the trees was painted in creating the look of dappling on the ground from sunlit penetrating through the tree leaves.

Some areas of the background colour were allowed to show through the path helping to unite the warm colour throughout the painting.

With French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna some of the larger tree trunks were indicated on the right side of the pathway.

A little of the pathway colours were painted into the shadows on the tight side of the leaves.

With titanium white and a touch of cadmium yellow areas of the sky showing through the leaves and tree branches were indicated.

Adding a little cerulean blue and more cadmium yellow to the sky colour the high lit leaves on the edge of the of the pathway and behind some of the shadowed leaves were painted.

Cerulean blue, titanium white and cadmium yellow were used to put in some of the sun touched grasses and leaves in the shadowed areas.

I will post this painting at a later date once more work on it has been completed.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and enjoy the artwork.