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Friday, March 23, 2012

An Afternoon's Work

I slipped away from work at noon today and spent a pleasant afternoon working on this painting. I darkened and refined the cave walls on the left-hand side of the cave entrance and made a start on the sunlit rock face after experimenting on some paper off-cuts to establish the colour mixes I'll use.     


The colours are pretty intense, but I think they're close to what I want to achieve; I can always knock them back with some darker glazes as a final step if I feel it's necessary.

I tend to flit from one area of the painting to another, but my lack of discipline doesn't seem to be having any adverse effects - so far, so good!

Cheers
Pete

10 comments:

Julia Ruffles | wildlife artist said...

Looking wonderful Peter! I can feel the sharp edges juxtaposed with lovely warm colouring, Jules

Peter Brown said...

Thank you Julia! It's a fairly unflattering photo, and allowing for the fact that the painting has well and truly entered the "ugly" stage, I'm fairly happy with it so far!

Jeremy Pearse said...

Looking good so far Pete, hope to see this one finished soon as you seem to be well on your way.

Peter Brown said...

Thanks for dropping in Jeremy. It's proceeding quite quickly compared to my last attempt at this subject!

Clive Meredith said...

really starting to take shape peter,i love the way you describe the techniques your'e employing in producing the piece and i think the way you approach it with such diligence shows that you are far from indisciplined in your approach

Peter Brown said...

Thanks Clive. I no longer stress too much about the "how" of completing a painting. Ultimately it's all about the success of the finished piece, regardless of the process that got us there!

Erik van Elven said...

Good to see you back behind the easel Peter, the egret painting is looking very promising and I also love the cave painting. Interesting to read your thought process! Keep it up!

Peter Brown said...

Thanks for visiting Erik. More progress reports soon!

Sandy Byers said...

Having just come out of my own cave, it is nice to see that you are progressing on yours, Peter!

It is wonderful, with the depth and warmth already taking their stake. I always look forward to the progress of your pieces. Thanks for sharing them.

Kind cheers,
Sandy

Peter Brown said...

Sandy, there have been some distractions that have prevented me from making progress on the this piece lately, but I hope to catch up soon. Thanks for dropping in!