Eagle Tattoo

Once again I’ve been very busy working on the October project, figuring out administrative stuff. It’s going to be worth it when it’s all ready to go though. In the studio I’ve been busy with Prussian Blue, which is great for creating that faded blue colour of old tattoos. The Emperor has new ink –…

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Grass is Greener

  I’ve been pretty busy in the studio, painting the foreground grass and working on detail on the vines. The foreground vines are much rougher and more textured now, which makes them feel like they’re coming forward. I added some Cobalt blue into the shadows around the flowers, scraping it on with a knife, then…

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Carnegie

The Emperor painting has taken a giant leap forward, with an entirely new foreground landscape beginning to develop around the Empress. I’ve enjoyed painting the underlying dark areas that will lie beneath a range of grass that will be the next feature to emerge. In addition, I’ve added some white over the edges of the…

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Leaving the Foliage

The leaves have been treated to Sap Green mixed with Iron Oxide Red, and some strokes of Grey-Green to add variety, then the shadows deepened with a touch of Raw Umber. The buds have been painted with a little Cadmiium Red mixed with Foundation White. It’s a good start. I want to rework ┬áthe leaves…

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Green on Vine

The colour spreads further down the canvas, reaching the horizon line today. I need to work in areas because I want the highlights to blend with the darker greens in this stage, so I’ll move further down the painting later. I worked with lovely glazed transparent Sap Green and Raw Umber with dashes of Grey…

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Golden Sun, Silver Moon

                          It’s so good to start adding layers of colour into the painting after this long period of working in browns as the plants and bodies take shape. The Emperor is looking increasingly complete with every additional layer of colour subtly building the…

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