Vines around the back

I like to make little games for myself when I’m working on repetitive forms like these morning glory leaves – today I decided to stop working on the right hand side of the painting so that I could set myself the goal of joining up the leaves coming form the shaman’s mouth with those close…

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Hand to Vine

The vines wrapping around the Emperor’s legs have become much more substantial, reaching all the way up to his knees and down to the a point just above the horizon. I started working on the leaves that are emerging from the shaman’s mouth, but realized that I really need to get the background and the rest of her…

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Green Woman Vines

After a week of scattered attention in the studio it was really great to have a full day of time to dedicate to painting. The foundation layer of the vines has progressed much further, including an exciting passage of work on the flow of the vines emerging from the Green Woman’s mouth that pulls focus…

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Vines Wrap Leg

I’m thoroughly enjoying painting these vines, which are more realistic than my earlier more decorative flowers in the Empress painting. I’ve used my reference pictures from the back garden a little, but I’m getting great pleasure out of inventing passages of the vines, leaves and flowers, especially the wiggly bits where the vines twist on…

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Wrapped in Morning Glory

Because I wanted to figure out how much work was necessary to complete the Emperor’s legs I decided to start painting the morning glory vines as they wrap up the legs of the chair and around his feet. I took several photos of the vines we grew from seed in the back garden this year.…

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Green Woman

The Emperor is completely painted in Raw Umber, but I’m not entirely satisfied with his feet, which are not as dynamic as I’d like. However, I expect vines to wrap around them, so it may not be necessary to get too detailed. I’ll leave them for now until the demands of the composition become more…

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Shorts

  The Emperor is beginning to get increasingly convincing now that his shorts are becoming more substantial, although I’d like to add a second working of the Raw Umber to the painting I did today to make the value more appropriate for the next layer, which will introduce colour to the canvas. Meanwhile there’s a…

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High Chair

I covered a lot of canvas today by working fast and deliberately choosing to make broad compositional strokes rather than finessed detailed gestures. The chair is looking appropriately wobbly and now the composition is beginning to make sense. I like the rickety structure holding the chair together; later I’ll paint boy scout rope lashings to…

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The Emperor Begins

Following shooting photos of Amy for the figure sitting on the ground I sketched the drawing onto the canvas using a simple one foot grid as a guide. I like this composition very much for a couple of curious reasons: first, the way the woman is seated refers to a figure on the Gundestrup cauldron,…

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