Commissioned Painting for Maureen Ritchie as a gift to husband Mark Searle, retiring CEO of Marion Council.
After photos were taken of the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre in the Warrapiringi Wetlands, Maureen and I selected a view which best gave the feeling of the area and showed important and meaningful aspects of the Cultural Centre. In step one below Jim is ensuring accurate drawing of the perspective of the building.
Next I continue to block in colour on the window area of the building. I concentrate on trying to achieve the particular hues and tones of the window frames. The addition of a little cerulean blue to my palette helps
Now to establish depth of the composition with foliage in middle and back ground areas. The expanse of the area I decided to communicate mainly through the windows of the building. I used sap green and yellow ochre mixed with a little ultramarine and light red ochre and applied paint with watercolour technique to achieve some softness to especially the background trees.
step 6 I decided I needed to make another on site visit and take some more photos so that I could detail the struts and galvanised iron under the veranda. I also started to work on the little wall and barked areas. Yellow ochre underpainting on the wall I hoped would unify it with the natural parts of the painting.
Foreground perspective needs to now be firmly represented. The decking was tricky. two different vanishing points were required. Blinds were also shown with the aid of one of the vanishing points. The foreground plant was slowly developed , mainly with one layer changes of tone.
Step 8 involved generating a little more life in the foreground areas with some carefully blended lighter colours……..and now to the much anticipated focal point of the painting.
I was confident about detailing the stone work on the little wall. (Much practice in other paintings lately). I blended transparent perinone orange with different blues to provide varieties of browns to detail individual stones and the mortar of the wall. I was hoping to define the wall faithfully but at he same time create a lively, happy mood in the colours that I used. I know that the wall holds a special significance for the clients and was keen to do my best work on this focal point.
And now for the final step. Some general tweeking of light and shade and colour in places …especially foreground areas. ….and then the ‘big reveal’ with the enjoyable process of peeling off the masking tape. As usual I stare in wonder at the hard straight edges of the whole composition juxtaposed against the stark outlines of a 6cm border!!!!
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I enjoy working in all sorts of media – charcoal, pencil, pen and ink, mixed media, water-colour and acrylics. I can develop ideas for artworks in a range of styles from different forms of abstract and expressionism through to impressionism and some degrees of realism.
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