So yesterday I wrote a blog about my newest painting and today I thought I would share with you what happened this morning. Paintings evolve, and sometimes when I take a closer look in the morning I think I could , perhaps, improve on what I did. I am at heart an impatient soul, I want things done yesterday , I often say walk away from a painting or have a break or a cup of tea. I wish I were as good at taking my own advice as I am at giving it!
Here I know I am lucky too, I have my studio in the garden, I can leave paintings drying overnight and don't see them until the morning
This doesn't always work, , sometimes I do too much and ruin the painting, but usually for me a closer inspection of the light and dark, the tonal values ,I can tweak a bit more life into the piece
Yesterday I left Mr Fox looking like this, the paper was still damp and not entirely flat, when I looked at it this morning I wanted to get more depth into the piece, I carefully rubbed off all the pencil marks I could.
Then I re-wet areas and added darker tones and more sparky oranges , I also rubbed away some colour with a damp kitchen roll
I added more splashes and splats, and tried to get rid of any hard edges I didn't like, stand back and really look at what is good and what needs to change
I also wanted some white acrylic splatters and some gold ink
Some people may think this is gimmicky but I like the pieces to sparkle, I like them to look contemporary and modern, not too cutesy
Now I take my final look, I wanted to give the impression of more white fur, more depth, more watercolour really
I am always wanting my paintings to be better, and only by looking and changing practise can I hope to do that, don't be afraid of adding to something or taking something away from
So here he is Mr Fox with a few tweaks