Leaves Under Cherry Blossom, Vines Reaching

Three greens loosely brushed over the patchy en grisaille work behind the wall makes a good first layer for the bushes below the pink blossoms of the cherry tree. I’ve used Rose Madder for the pinks (a Pre-Raphaelite favorite), mixed with a little Foundation White and pounced onto the canvas with a beaten up old…

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Morning Shadows

After a few days of feeling completely exhausted and running a fever I forced myself to get to the studio this evening, not achieving anything monumental, but making at least a little progress on the Empress. Because it’s been a few days of feeling crummy this was important, although I think an early night would…

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Wormwood Expansion

I’m moving super slowly this last couple of days, feeling weary and worn out, but I’ve expanded the Wormwood on the left of the canvas and laid a layer of dark leaves down on the right. I’ve yet to add colour to the plants, but this will go fairly quickly now. I thought I’d add…

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Elements in the Magician’s Landscape

I’ve drawn the landscape for the Magician’s world onto the canvas, with distant mountain range, a trough of water, a cross of long rags attached to sticks, and rocks and clouds that resemble each other.¬†All four elements are represented in this painting. In the distance, placed on the golden section at the centered horizon line,…

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Magician with Blues

I painted the Empress’ morning glory flowers blue this morning, but otherwise didn’t get much work done, spending a lot of time thinking about how the painting goes forward from this point and fiddling with cleaning brushes and tidying the studio. I stayed up too late last night after a busy and productive day, waking…

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Wormwood and Cast Shadows

Drop shadows make a huge difference to the way an object sits within a painting. Now that there’s a glaze of Raw Umber around the morning glory and some highlighting of some smaller leaves the plant seems more substantial. Although not included in this photo the ivy has benefited from the same treatment, feeling far…

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