At last I’ve painted over the last of the oxide base coat and the painting is moving into the final phases. I’ve given myself permission to paint fantasy into my work, revisiting my youth when I loved Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings and Michael Moorcock’s Chronicles. Why not? I’ve finally got to the point where I can paint what I want to, so I intend to enjoy myself. So here’s a little trip into unreality, with a precipitous cliffside and impossible flora.
Lots of work to do to complete it, but this is a nice place to be.
I’ll add more flowers into the foreground and bring colour into the white flowerheads that I’ve put into the ground. I think that the acacia needs to bloom with its characteristically abundant yellow flowers.
It’s funny how different areas of a painting demand attention at different times. I pretty much completed the top half of the figure at the beginning of the project, leaving the bottom half until now. There’s no logical reason for this, it just happened that way.