Once again I started with pencil studies of a still life using a wooden mortar, a squash and 2 pomegranates, looking particularly at patterns and reflections. Moving on to colour studies, I began playing with the colours, mixing them on the paper surface.
I kept the approach very loose, working with colour relationships for the overall composition. I was still very uncertain of how to handle the paint at this stage and was working intuitively. The concept of building up washes to indicate tone and form was exciting and still so difficult. Analysing the colour of the squash was so difficult.
I always seemed to start with the intention of a representational image but something inside me always took over and the marks became looser and the paint was just doing its own thing. It is so beautiful to watch the paint flow!
The final image didn’t turn out the way I had imagined but I feel I achieved some understanding of colour associations in this painting and in the studies. Layering of the washes was beginning to come together and I’m sure the effort put into the colour studies helped. I think I like some of the studies better than the final painting and I can see definite progress in the handling of the paint.