In the studio today - had missed a few days. Last Friday I tried to go out sketching - faint hope! Beaten back by some ferocious rain showers. So it was back in the studio today, working on the thumbnails again. I decided to focus on a picture of a tree, a boat and the shore.
Now the last time I was in, I had worked up a picture mostly in black and white. I started with this.
Anyway, after making that start, I progressed through these steps.
Now, as usual, there are some things I like about this, and some things that could be better. I like the little cloud, and I like the colour of the far away hill. Does the green island/promontory work? I'm not sure - maybe it's confusing. I like to boat colour and the shadow, but I wonder if the boat is too big in relation to the tree. And above all, what has happened to my abstract values? Doh!
But I'm going to be positive. I think this is a good start to some 'picture-making', which I've decided is to be my theme for the autumn. I want to get away from just re-painting sketches. I want to make pictures, and pictures have to tell a bit of a story. I think there IS a little story in this picture, so that's why I think I'm going along the right lines......just not there yet.....