After a long time off the easel, Moon Watcher — the latest in my “Watchers” series — is finished! The Watchers are all based on statuary I love, imagined into strange and significant places.
The depiction of moonlight was really tricky — the reference for the background was not originally moonlit — but once I added a cobalt violet glaze to the sky it really worked, and gently popped the foreground figure’s orange-y tones.
I’ve left this piece pretty loosely rendered, maybe more so than usual. Here’s how it went together:
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Moon Watcher 1: underpainting well underway! (oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in.)
Moon Watcher 2: underpainting finished! Let this drt for a couple of days (while I work on River Watcher) and then start blocking in the colors. Really pleased so far.
Moon Watcher 3: blocking in some colors. A long painting session yesterday!
Moon Watcher 4: Highlights and midtones going in on the figures.
Moon Watcher 5: another evening’s work – midtones and darks in the figures, hazing up the sky with a greyish-white glaze.
Moon Watcher 6: a long time off the easel, but cookin’ again! Went into darker darks, clearer midtones and forms in the foreground, experimenting with background foliage. Seeing the original statuary a couple of weeks ago really helped.
Moon Watcher 7: adding more depth with lights, darks, and focus. Planning to glaze the sky a bit darker, finish the foliage…
Moon Watcher 8 — finished! Formal photo at top of page. May submit this for Rude and Bold Women…