Thursday, 29 September 2011
Jardin des Tuileries, Paris. Work in progress
I started this canvas with the usual application of very thin washes in watered down acrylic. You can just see areas of phthalo green, crimson and pale ultramarine blue which I use to build interest to the surface. I then very loosely drew into the canvas using charcoal, working from sketches and photographic material.
Using a very muted ultramarine - titanium white - yellow ochre palette, I dropped in the sky and reflections to the pond. I was particularly drawn to the subject by the wonderful early afternoon shadows too and so my next task was to ensure I blocked those in. Here I kept much of the wash beneath and worked into the surface with purple - the complimentary colour to the naples yellow gravel.