I’m moving from Amelia’s verdant green springtime to winter leaves, blown to the feet of the angel of death. So far I’ve painted the base of a grey brown, and begun to render the richer orange browns in that delicious Iron Oxide Red that I like so much. The colour is a little intense at the moment, and we’ll see it fade back a little with a glaze of light grey that will unify the leaves with the rest of the painting. Shadows around the lower right sides of the leaves will make them feel as if they are resting upon the objects behind them, rather than floating above them as they are right now.
Amelia is on hold for a while until I am ready to put more branches into the sides, now coming towards us and darker than the existing work. If I paint these new branches dark, the lighter leaves will appear closer to the orb, giving the painting a strong sense of depth. Forward angled branches will also break up the rather linear pattern of the leaves to the right.
My students are installing their show of icons into the gallery today, so I expect to be pretty busy with them. Reception at six in the Kwan Fong Gallery at CLU!