Friday, October 5, 2018
I did the Sketchbook challenge back in 2012. This is just the stages of one of the small paintings I put into the book. I love abstract, but all my attempts seem to turn into something recognisable, which I'm not entirely sure I'm happy about. But I like this one.
Taking photos of each layer is huge fun for me, and a part of my process. It's not only useful reference for me to look back on, but I feel it enhances the final image, to see what lies beneath!
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First layer: Acrylics over a dull grey ground. I have no idea why I picked grey, perhaps I thought it was neutral.
Second layer: More acrylics. Applied good and thick to try and brighten the colours. I was also practising my blending.
Third layer: Oils. I started laying down details on the horizon. I'm not sure if I should have left the image at this point and called it done. The energy of the lines is probably more spontaneous than the final layer.
Final layer: Oils. I wanted to give the impression of distant city lights, roads, buildings, etc. I'm not sure if I lost some of the energy at this point, but hey, it was just a sketch. "Event horizon" is a title I'd like to develop as a small series.