To see the inspiration for this piece, read yesterday's post
One of the most valuable things I'm learning on this 30-day challenge, is confidence. Not only confidence in sharing my work (even the unfinished pieces), but boldness in my artistic choices.
Today's painting is a perfect example. It has surprised me in a few ways.
For the first time in this series, I changed my colour palette to something unexpected, at least, for me. I love browsing Pinterest for new colour-way ideas and was attracted to this post (left) The combination had a wonderful vibrancy that I felt suited the piece I was working on.
I went ahead without much of a plan, but knew I wanted to layer the painting with colour, images and ink drawing.
I did a rough sketch suggesting Rosewell House with a few of my favourite tools from my previous painting: a toothbrush, shaped stick and dried flower stem.
I intended to work more layers, but I stood back and realised I LOVED the piece as it was!
It had an energy that I hadn't achieved in my painting before. Most of this was due to the clumsy drawing tools I used; it's impossible to include intricate detail.
I've been wanting to pare down my doodles to only essential lines. This was a good technique to enforce the restraint.
After a short break, I decided to continue with my initial plan to add more layers. I wanted to include the turquoise blue to the background to make the house stand-out and highlight some of my favourite details in the architecture.
I'm happy with the finished work.