I was determined to paint a ‘grey only’ sky and leave it a series of grey shades. Quite by accident in the last few minutes I saw a break in the clouds and had to develop this. Another advantage of Alkyd fast drying oil paint, the white was added for the shafts of light and these were brushed until the right tones were achieved. With standard oils this track of white paint would have lifted the colour underneath and the effect of transparency would not be there.
Alkyds take a little getting used to and at this stage I am still using standard oils to finish the painting. Vigourous brushing with the oils will lift some of the Alkyd colour so there is a certain amount of mixing. I think if a little Liquin were added to the under layers this mixing would be increased. As it is, I’m using only White Spirits.
I have reduced the number of brushes I’m using, even so, if a brush is not to be used for a few minutes I’m keeping the tips of the bristles submerged in a shallow tray of White Spirits. The paints really are quick drying. Recently while washing the brushes I could feel the gritty dried paint. I reverted back to the White Spirits stage of cleaning to remove these and this worked. I’m conscious that one slip-up and I could loose a brush.
Here is the video of the process. See you soon.
I love that painting and do enjoy watching your time lapse videos.
I’m delighted you enjoy. Thank you Ann.
Watching you work, I always have to hold my breath, because as you are adding more layers, I can just see the point where I’d have a muddled mess of blech lol. I love the gray contrasting the white and vivid green. There was a point at the start where you had an under painting of blue against the dark that was stunning-that should be your next experiment :o)
Thank you Annie. Yes there are times when the initial stages in a painting have an interesting, almost ‘abstract’ quality. But my interest in creating a landscape which is ‘real’ enough to draw the viewer in to explore and experience pushes me on.