Hi, I thought I'd post the progress of this latest painting.
It's a view of a fountain at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, FL.
I worked from my own reference photo.
It's a quarter sheet Arches 140lb. cold press. Colors are all W&N Artist: New Gamboge, Winsor Lemon, Naples Yellow, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Winsor Blue (green shade), Fr. Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Winsor Red, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Rose...I think that's all I used.
I started with a quick pencil sketch direct to the paper. Then sprayed some clear water around the sky area and smoothed it out with a 2" hake brush.
Then I laid in some Winsor Blue and Cobalt Blue into the sky. Letting them mix on the paper. The light is coming from the right and is pretty intense, so I left the sky very light toward that side and toward the horizon.
I also, while the sky was still wet, started roughing in the background trees and foliage with mixes of Winsor Lemon with Winsor Blue and a touch of Ultramarine and some NG here and there too. Mixed up a violet for the distant trees.
Next stage was to start defining the palm tree and all the other foliage. Pretty much just used all my yellows and blues. Working wet in wet and wet on dry, just depends on what I was trying to get, as far as edges and such.
I also started the foliage in the fountain with just the addition of AC and PR.
The greenhouse was also put in the background too.
Here, I thought I'd show you my work area. It's a 10ft.x 10ft. room with an east facing window. Not the best for in the morning, but, I make do.
OK, moving on. Here I've just been modeling the foliage and trying to create depth. Trying to leave spaces through to the sky. I started a warm cast shadow on the path, but got it too light in the first go.
So, I try it again after all had dried. The benches are a little tricky in trying to get the background, while leaving the slats. Just continuing to darken up values and it's starting to look like something now.
OK, here is where I am as of right now. I feel it is pretty close. Here, I have developed the shadows and contours on the fountain. I don't think I'm ready to call it done just yet. Also, you'll note the change in lighting, now that is is after sunset. I have a mixture of florescent, LED, and incandescent. Still not happy with all that. I'll get some OttLite's one of these days
Thanks for reading this far. If you have any questions or critiques, I'm glad to hear them.