Work continues on ‘The Intrepid Explorer’. If you missed the previous post, see that one for all my ‘shading’ work. Now on goes the colour. This is gouache, a water-based paint, and most of it I will be washing off in a minute, which is handy, as I am temporarily obliterating my careful painting, bit by bit:
Usually I would fill in with the base background colour at this stage but I feel there should be an impression of fireworks in the background. I resorted to a random splattering of paint… not my usual thing, but it will probably come out ok in the end! I started with a toothbrush, and a ruler, flicking white paint over… er… everything actually. This, as I say, is not in my usual armoury of techniques, and it is hard to aim with a flicky toothbrush. Finally some paint got in the right place:
The big blobs were a bit too round, so I also flicked some water on them to spread the edges in what I hope will be a nice random way. Next, I had to wait a while to let everything dry completely, giving me the opportunity to shut down the computer and give it a bit of a clean. oops.
And for the background. Now it all resembles a very bad painting of stonehenge, but never fear….
…because straight after this dried I took the painting upstairs and gave it its hosing down in the bath, with the shower thingy and a soft brush, washing off most of the paint. This is what I have now:
…phew… starting to look like something. Still a lot more painting to go…. I shall be back.
By the way, I hope you like the new blog format. I visited Six Glasses of Water‘s blog, and thought the home page layout was a much better way to show what is mostly a diary of paintings, so I found something similar. Hmm. Maybe I’m still thinking I like her theme even more, but it didn’t seem to suit my images… they are not as consistent in colour and weight, I think that’s why this slightly nerdier theme worked. Anyway, I hope you like it, I think I do 😀