After preparing our sketches for this painting (see Experimental painting) I arrived in class with my collage and canvas, ready to get started.
As I was early I decided to sketch the collage, to get a feel for how the sketch onto canvas would look.
Using yellow ochre, I then sketched this onto the canvas (24″x36″).
Then I mixed a blue/black (burnt umber and ultramarine blue) and thinned it with painting medium and water and put a wash across the background. I liked the blue/black so much I made a couple of lighter tones of that, and using them in a more opaque form, I painted on a couple of blocks of colour. (Sorry the picture is not too clear – taken under fluorescent lighting in the classroom).
The lines and shadows are burnt umber/ultramarine blue too, but this time I used a more burnt umber. The oddly shaped guitar is burnt sienna/yellow ochre and white.
Now I just have to work out the colour scheme for the rest of it. I am thinking that I will go with a limited palette, so there won’t be too many more colours.
We spent a bit of time in class looking at some artists work including Mondrian, Kandinsky, Picasso and Cezanne, looking in particular at the skewed perspective that led to the Cubist style. I’ve never been particularly fond of Picasso and the Cubist style, but at least I can understand it more now.