In the studio I’m working on building layers and layers of paint to make the flat slab of weathered granite in the foreground appear real. I put down a dark blue-grey, then used a sea sponge to create the particles that emerge in granite, softening Â the grain of the stone with a rag. Next I used a white to create areas of lichen, let it dry then added light colours (a pale green grey and a dirty and light raw sienna). Once that dried I glazed areas with a patchy white, then began working on building leaves and foliage at the edges of the stone, using a Raw umber to create areas of deep shadow that will end up behind the stems and leaves, then adding the first rough shapes of grass leaves.
I tried taking photos of the steps in between, but failed to get pictures of decent quality – my phone isn’t working so well these days. I’ll start using my little camera again.