Wednesday, 9 April 2008
FIRST DAYS WORK ON MILL OIL PAINTING
I started at above 11.30 this morning by blocking in the sky with King Blue Deep, Ultramarine Blue and Titanium white from the Michael Harding scrumptious oil tubes, creating some moving
clouds. I painted in the trees and shrubs with their reflections with sap green, terre verte, bright green lake, red umber and some of the blue I had in the sky. All quite a thin wash as I dont want these elements to dominate the building.
Then after a lunch break you can see I had fun putting in the first coat of the mill together with warm shadows and reflections.
Then I felt the need to cover all the canvas, so that no white was left showing to mislead the eye with the tones I put on. I know the wall on the left is too bright to start with but theres a long time to go yet and adjustments are to be made along the journey.
This is when I decided I had painted enough for one day and the light was going anyway - and Clive called me for dinner at 6.30. All perfect timing. Wont get back to it again until possibly Friday afternoon for a short time and then I am away over the weekend. I think I am growing to like this one and hope I'll have some time early next week to really get cracking on the texture, detail of the building, the reflections and waterside plants and grasses I will be making up in the foreground.