I've been trying different things all over this painting because this time I've chosen a palette full of colors that I don't often use (plus some old friends of mine) and I wasn't sure what I could expect from them.
What I can already say about this piece is that it's looking nowhere near to what I had in mind when I started sketching, that's why I've made so many trial and error, but as soon as I've let go and just follow the path it's taking me through I've begun to enjoy each minute of the trip, sometimes it's better to let it do its thing.
Usually I would build up a painting slowly layering pure colors, getting crisp and clean edges, but for this one that didn't seem to be working so I've decided to just block in some darks, hoping those let me simplify and see my design clearly, because I was stressing too much about shapes and pigments and temperatures and what not.
So far laying the dark areas first is being really helpful though I already know they're going to need at least one more layer, they are not as dark as they should be and it'll be more obvious when I introduce more mid tones but so far I'm focusing on getting them rich in color, clean and with texture, hopefuly I stay focused and don't mess temperatures.
My main concern is that the warm areas, filled with ochers and reds, look lighter in value than the blue/violet ones at first sight but they are not, they're tricky when it comes to value and I've found myself being sort of self-indulgent with the rich colors and ignoring their value strength, gotta be more focused and careful about that when I start with the second layers.
This is a detail of the middle of the painting, I've been thinking a lot about that crisp shadow there, it's dark and rich and as hard edged as I love, but I'm not sure I want that kind o finish there, I would have softened it already if I wouldn't miss to get this kind of sharpness in this painting, so far I think I'll have time to soften it if needed when the painting is more developed but I probably will have to do so, what do you think? Maybe getting a look closer to the one in the upper hand?
Links to the whole WIP: Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, Step 4, Step 5
7 hours ago