First of 2017 – The Vale (and bonus cat)

Well it inst my Sunday night update but I thought I would start off back into the blogging with the latest painting I did. I was aiming to create a valley that stretched out, with hits of what was tucked behind stones and trees – allowing people to create their own story with it.

I haven’t done a WiP collection for a bit so here it is from concept to finish.

At this stage I might be painting sky or water – I dont really know (Im thinking sky)


Decided it is sky, added some hills, using different colors to contrast, I went over the yellow a few times to tone it down – put up some blocky structures to cover the vales end and tucked in dark hues and blacks to the base of distant rises.


Splashed in some trees with burn umber acrylic ink and dusted it while wet with goblin green acrylic paint.


Threw some clouds in at the back, breaking up the sky to give it a feel of distant and close clouds and drawing eyes back further into the picture (in an attempt to add further depth)

Detailed the trees with various acrylic paints, starting with dark greens and moving to sap and finally some yellow. Added bamboo and stone work, threw some boulders on the right to break up the flow of the hillside, toned down the yellow and red hues a bit.


Detailed the trees more, light is coming from the upper left so concentrated on highlighting those sides (when they weren’t obscured by other trees.) added steps and faces into the rock, goblins perhaps?) Washed the foreground with blue ink.


And the finished bit – sorry skipped ahead a bit on the water and rocks – I was in the painting grove and forgot to take some photos.


Unrelated to above – some photos of my cat being a cat.(notice how good table manners she has…)




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