Last night after work I was very tired and also went to the cinema, I had slightly 'back tracked' with my painting in the evening, however I managed to get around 45 minutes in before my eyes started to tire.
From the last image I uploaded of the dog portrait, I had started to paint the background in a very sharp and (in my opinion) 'non belivevable' green. So I headed down to the local art shop to buy an array of green tones....
I washed out the previous colour very carefully (you can still see remnants of the old green around the edge). I then continued to do a 'light wash' with the colour I now prefer. Now it is time for the hard work, to create a soft gradient surrounding the subject. I also want to drop a lightly textured effect into the background, (see right side) I think I will still need another 2 - 3 hours on the background alone. Then I will begin to paint 'Smartie'.
The portrait miniature I had also started to paint of Lee is now on hold, sometimes you can become so engrossed into a painting that your vision and truth of the image becomes blurred. I will leave it for around 2 more weeks before I resume painting... As I am now starting to see adjustments needed on the portrait, whereas before I didn't. I think this portrait needs around 6 more hours.
On another note I have been trying to get images ready for 'Art on the Prom' - Felixstowe, Suffolk. This isn't until Sunday 4th September. But last year I sold all my illustrations within a couple of hours and didn't have anything left on show!! Not good. This year I hope to have plenty of back up and stock.
Here are a couple of pictures I sent to the 'Art on the Prom' website as a taster (I will also be painting a portrait miniature on the day);
Ipswich University Gate - cut paper and pen
(Henry VIII had university destroyed)
Ice Scream - Ipswich - poster paints and pen
Reminds me of Summer
I have no final message for the day, except from, smelling chips and burgers at 9am on the way to work, is not too pleasant!