The smell of the woods in the Autumn, picking berries, wandering along the paths enjoying all the colours. Fall is a favourite time. I want to try and capture the feeling with this next painting.
My sketch is of rose hips and leaves. I want to try, again, some reverse painting. I struggle with this particular method.
First thing to do is to add some resist, or mask, to the berries which I did very deliberately. Then splattered some around to try and add sparkle bits. Some of them were too large so once they dried I just rubbed them off, keeping those I wanted.
From that point it was deciding what colours to use to help me create that look and feel of autumn. I wanted to make a green by using blue and yellow. The best was Ultramarine Blue and Gamboge. The berries needed to be bright and yet rich looking so I chose Quinacridone Red mixed the Gamboge. Then as a dark shadow there is Terra Rosa. Now it is just putting water to paper.
The next two pictures are a progression of the painting. Progression from “What have I done?” to “Well, maybe it’s not so bad after all.”