|"Everything in the Garden was Beautiful" (work in progress) : Acrylics on canvas : 24" x 24"|
Copyright © 2013 by Martin Herbert
So ... this is actually really three stages further on from the last posting. I meant to take another photo in between before I started applying colour to the background, but I forgot. Similar to the last (yellow) stage though, I glazed over the whole thing with 2 different blues (cerulean and ultramarine), both with quite a lot of mixing white, until I reached what I thought was a good balance of colours - and suddenly we have rainbows! The aim is to get an overall 'grisaille' effect - i.e. a grey monochrome underpainting, which is actually made up of lots of different colours that look grey from a distance ('optical' greys). I then lifted up the brightest highlight areas with titanium (i.e. opaque) white. Kind of like turning up the contrast in Photoshop, only it takes a whole day rather than 2 seconds!
Of course I added another layer of white flowers at this point. Can't have too many flowers ....
Lastly, I brushed over the background areas one by one with plain water, and floated some bright colours in over the flowers, using the acrylic like watercolour. Just applied the hair-dryer and am now hoping the surface is tough enough for me to glaze over the background areas with some dark blue and green to finish them off (for the moment at least).