Sunday, 22 January 2012

Altering the colour a bit today

The flesh colour was made with alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, and white.   Today I added raw sienna and prussian blue extra (my favourite blue).  I'll stop painting now, not because it's finished; there's an awful lot to resolve;  but because I need to put in the background tones before deciding on the way forward.

If you spend a lot of time getting one part of a painting "correct", and don't put in the background at the same time, the eventual result can look unbalanced, and this often means extra work - going back over and altering what you were originally quite pleased with!!



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It's going to take me quite a while to do this next bit, so please excuse me if all is a bit quiet here whilst I get cracking! It involves mega piecing over papers.

16 comments:

  1. Cheers Ineke!! Don't care how you spell it :) xx

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  2. The colours in her face and the texture of the hair are just fabulous!

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  3. Your work is just amazing. Perfects colouring and use of texture.

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  4. It is looking stunning, you have got the colouring on the so exact.
    Prussian blue is my favourite blue too!

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  5. Fabulous - I'm not sure whether you will share this- but I was wondering if you use acrylics with fabric medium-? It looks great and ilook forward to seeing it evolve

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  6. Thanks Felcity, Diane, Sharne and Judith.Very kind of you all to take the time and trouble to comment.. a definite lift to the spirits.

    Judith: the paint is plain simple acrylics, although I do use quite an expensive brand as I like the texture of it, and the way it dilutes with water and still retains the pigment - it also has less tendency to alter colour when it dries. Acrylics nearly always go darker on cloth, so you have to let coats dry thoroughly before ploughing on with more paint. No, I don't mix it with fabric medium as I have no need. The stitching is done first, so the hand of the material isn't important. If anything it helps by making a firmer surface and therefore firmer quilt. You have to think carefully though to make sure that you're happy with the stitching as once the paint is on, there's no turning back! My new Bernina will stitch through paint, but it holes the surface of course, and that's not a look I want. I prefer the paint to fill in the stitching holes and cover the threads.

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  7. From the very first when you started in your life class with this model, I thought this lady was very cool. I hope you can get to show her this fabulous work.

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  8. Thank you Sally..she is indeed cool (and as Hilary on facebook said, very beautiful) I've given her a link to the blog, so if she looks, she'll see herself and I hope be pleased. I really enjoy painting her; she's a very interesting subject.

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  9. It's looking good Annabel, I like the words stitched into the body.

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  10. I do like the hair too! This is coming along fabulously - good point about not getting things too perfect before laying in the background. I'm pretty excited about this piece. And curious about the mega piecing part. Another drapy quilt perhaps?

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  11. Thanks Michala and Sheila. Yes, the mega piecing is another draped quilt :)

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  12. Chris Daly has left a new comment on the post "First coat of paint....I do like this lady's hair....":

    I really enjoy seeing your works in progress Annabel...and I love her hair too.

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  13. Wow thus far it reminds me of breast examination.....leading to my breast cancer. Very powerful. Love you work ,thanks for sharing Jen

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  14. This reminds me of discovering ,after self examination ,and my breast cancer. Image powerful Jen

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