This is the current line up of colors. I have never used a set pallet. As a pastel artist I would try to carry as many colors as I could. When I painted inside I had the same approach. I think I have just about every color that Old Holland makes. One of the biggest challenges that I have is developing the mixing skills required to get the breadth of color that I am used to.
I am not sure where the drawing in purple came from, but I like the use of it to establish values and shapes within the painting.
I am continuing to work towards less drawing in the initial phase of my painting. This painting ended up taking about 5 and half hours. I want to get down to 3 hours for a painting this size.
At this point, some of the value separation has been lost. I want to get the values closer to their final representation right from the beginning. This will speed up my painting considerably.
The block in is finished. I am trying to have each area of the painting as dark as possible so that I can work my way up in value. I will try and leave traces of
All of the elements of the painting are in place and I am adding the details to them.
Here I begin to work on the values. What is the lightest area of the painting? What is the darkest area of the painting? I work to balance everything from the lightest to the darkest and in between.
Saving the detail of the palm trees for last.
The light changed quite a bit at the end.
The saturated colors at the end of the day are the best. I wish I could paint quickly enough to capture them .
This day just kept getting better till it was over.
What a great spot to paint.
A shot of my pallet. I like including this to get an idea of some of the colors that I am mixing and how my paint usage is changing.
Time to stop.
The value shot. I would like to see greater separation between the lightest and darkest parts of the painting.