Monochromatic work under progress. Searching, exploring, trying, scraping, trying again, finding gems, covering ugly areas emphasizing nice areas. Now, these need to rest and to settle before the next steps.
MONOCHROMATIC PLAY STAGE: White&Black + Sanguine
Going larger for these (23X60 cm), not very large you might say, but to me these are the largest papers I’ve worked on so far in the exercise series. So, this is a new round with monochromatic. I had meant to use raw sienna for this set. But then I came over some of my new sketching crayons, including this orange which I used in the initial mark making. This colors is far away from the raw sienna so I had to do some rethinking. Of course, it turned out I didn’t have this color (it turned out to be sanguine) in oils, so I used sanding paper to make powder of the crayon before mixing this into the white.
After a new play stage and some drastic attacks white and light green, I now feel that these are going towards something that I really would like to continue on. Already I am finding portions that I truly love. Gosh, this time this process was far quicker and not so scary, which is a huge relief in itself. If only I don’t mess this up when I move on to clarifying, there is certainly a possibility there as well…
Final touches with Indian Yellow and black & white.
I wonder why it seems so much easier to paint at night, perhaps because I’m done with the day’s duties, have fed both myself and the dog (whom is now molesting a chewing bone on his bed even making it sound tasteful doing it). Or is it that everybody else are sleeping, no phone calls, no noise from the road, all is still except for the tv-set. Well, finally I feel that these four now are in their absolute final stages, it has taken a while and some layers 😅 Just need to add some carefully placed pencil marks on all four, in addition the bird will have a few rectangular veils of white in it’s surrounding to suggest that this scene is viewed through a window.