Next Phase: "Work in Progress", Acrylic on Gesobord
The work continues. * Note, some of the images are under the magnifier for a closer view.
I've given the overcast sky the solid, flat look I was after without it being too stark white or too dark. I'm still adding values and defining shapes, overall.
More tree branches which help break up the sky and texture on the trunk of the tree, are seen here.
Oh no! The color was too dark and started to loose the texture I wanted. I ended up wiping off the paint and letting it completely dry. (see the white spot on the rock)
You can see here where I was able to repaint the color and start to give it form again. It was another of those flat places where I wanted to blend the surface edges but instead, overworked the area. I hate when I do that! But it has been saved and I am moving on.
Next you can see where I've started to lay color on the rock in the foreground. When I paint, I work from the larger area, then gradually add more values and outlines of shapes of objects. I work all over the surface at the same time and try not to add too much detail in the beginning, just enough to see where I am in that space. I've found if you get too caught up in the detail too soon, you often end up changing it anyway.
Above is a closer view of the detail on the surface where I had to redo the basic color. Also, you can see the great textures of the tufoni rock formations.
I'm happy with the trouble spot that I reworked. I can see the work is going in the right direction now and it's time to start sharpening up areas and loosing some edges. Then I get to do the fun stuff. Next, the fine details!
I'm an artist of fine art miniatures, but also create larger work. Although I've made art off and on most of my life, it wasn't until the late 80's that I had any formal instruction. I started painting more seriously and showing my work in the 90's. In 2006 I "discovered" the fine art of miniature and I love it. There is an enthusiastic and growing miniature art movement that I am happy to be a part of. On a personal note, I am happily married to Wayne for 32 years. My daughter Gina does mosaic work. We are happy that she has recently moved to the Pacific Northwest from Austin! The rest of my family live in FL and IN. When I'm not making art, or cooking, you'll find me with a book. I listen to audiobooks from my local library on my ipod while I work in my studio. I do love to cook, but having multiple food sensitivities I have to cook very creatively. In 2005 we moved from CA to the Pacific Northwest. We're still having fun exploring all the area has to offer and meeting lots of wonderful folks along the way.