Well, I have made a start on another group of leaves. Here I have got at least the first wash on three and have worked up two with further washes and some detail. To achieve the cool areas I used a mix of Indanthrene Blue and Lemon Yellow with a touch of Anthraquinone Red. For the warmer, fresher greens I used Ultramarine Blue Light with Sennelier Yellow Light and Perylene Maroon. Leaving lots of highlighted areas gives the suggestion of the sheen on the leaves.
|Showing different stages of wash.|
Of course, with any painting, what we are all trying to achieve is the best range of tonal values that we possibly can. In the past, I have always been a bit tentative with the depth of the darkest tones, holding back just a bit too much and not quite achieving the look I hoped for. However, since I had something of an epiphany, I knew I needed to up the ante. After some practise, trial and error and some scary moments, the darkness now holds no fear for me. Mixing almost black colours and just getting them in there really can transform a painting. But, I always do this last, to ensure the balance doesn't go 'over the edge'. See the light, go dark.
|I think this area might just be finished now.|
Ooh, maybe just a little more.
Remembering advice. Detail, detail, detail. Oh, and just a bit more detail.
I'll wait until the end and then go back to see where I can adjust.
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Further 'Dark' Reading