Yesterday, I feel as if I really accomplished a great deal. After several days of thinking through my next painting project, I slowly and carefully began actually creating it.
From outward appearances it may seem that things just spill out onto the board and fall into place. But with projects such as this, I needed to think of things in layers, carefully considering where each element was going to be placed.
From the first photo, you would think that the moon would be the central focus of the painting. After all, when only the back ground was laid in, it certainly drew your eye to it.
Then, yesterday, I posted the photo where the clock had been added. And it pulled your eyes to it immediately as a stronger element. The moon became secondary:
(I am kicking myself this morning when I realize that I didn't take a full shot with only the clock in. But you get the point, I think!)
Which may have had you thinking that now the clock would be the main focus of this design. But no . . .
There was still a long way to go, as I mentioned in yesterday's post.
Yesterday I added dormant tree branches, along with (at last) the main focus of the piece . . .
What a cool symbol of impending doom! He is just what I was thinking for the theme of this Halloween project!
After I established the pattern I wanted for the branches, I began working on the bird. In the following photo, the initial shading is done, but he will still have some highlighting and glazing. After the first shade, I decided to jump to the branches and began their shading process as well. The right and lower branches are shaded and the upper left ones are still not.
See how far back the moon is pushed? See how the clock – which was so prominent in the beginning – is now a vague 'suggestion'. It is nearly hidden in the branches, yet the raven is inviting us to notice it. We look at him – the main focal point and naturally say to ourselves "What is he looking at?"
Little by little I am layering in elements that will make the painting interesting and engaging. This is where those days of thought come into play in my designing. While it may have seemed as if I wasn't accomplishing much, I was carefully trying to plan each element so that it is placed just right.
So far I am happy. :D
Today I will be finishing things up. The bird – although off to a good start – is still much too flat for my taste. I also need to complete the header and footer, as this will be a sign board.
I still have a few tricks up my sleeve for that. You will have to just come back to see . . .
Have a wonderful Friday! (MWHahahahahahah!)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"