DRAWING ON COLOURED GROUNDS

Still assessing tonal values and the contrast between cooler and warmer colours, I painted a monochrome study of the same image, working carefully through the tones.

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I then painted a third study of this image in cool colours. By this stage I knew the image very well. Using tinted paper I chose a cool green to begin and put down a wash of Terre Verte – this is a very pale colour but really interesting. I then drew freely with the pen before applying another wash of darker tones using Perylene Green. I didn’t make any attempt to stay within the drawn shapes but was looking at the overall tonal value of the image. I brought in contrast by applying areas of Quinacridone Magenta.

I then redrew the image – very freely, sometimes in the same place as before, but more often than not, in different areas. This allowed more looseness and freedom in rendering the flower shapes. I continued to add darker washes to build up the tonal values.

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About pbfarrar

I am an Australian living permanently in England. I have recently retired from the position of Principal of an independent school and have taken up the study of Fine Art with the OCA.
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