Collisions

A foreign field (work in progress). Oil on canvas panel. 40 x 50 cm.

A foreign field (work in progress). Oil on canvas panel. 40 x 50 cm.

Well I’ve been working on this one a bit over the weekend, and went for the limited palette option as you can see. Not easy working this way, but I think the sombre colouring suits the subject. I’ve used yellow ochre, cadmium red, titanium white and ivory black. Still lots to do, clearly, but a few things stand out to me as needing correction: ¬†add some trees or similar to break up the outline of the distant church; reduce some of the darker patches in the mid-distance area to the right of the picture; put some more variety into the colours of the rocks in the bottom left; perhaps increase the value, just a little, in some of the deeper shadow areas. Maybe I’ll push a little red into those shadows.

Seems like a good palette for paintings like this though. First time I’ve tried anything quite so restricted, but it’s definitely worth some more experimentation I think.

Step on the brakes to get out of her clutches

Untitled. Oil on canvas panel. 20 x 24.

Untitled. Oil on canvas panel. 20 x 24.

Getting close to being done now. Still a few obvious bits to be done, and I think I have to re-do the face of the man drinking from the canteen. All the faces need more colour I suspect, maybe they should be pinker? Still struggling to come up with a good title as well, any suggestions would be very welcome!

Work detail

Work detail. Oil on stretched canvas. 10 x 14.

Work detail. Oil on stretched canvas. 10 x 14.

I think this one has turned out reasonably well. I’ve taken some liberties with the original photo, left a few things out to simplify the background, and of course the colours are a product of my imagination. The face doesn’t really look like a portrait of the French soldier in the book either; I really do need to do a lot more practice on faces, especially the colouring.