You remember yesterday I showed you the 10" x 8" I painted on site in Essaouira. I am now attempting a studio painting (gasp! Yes it's not often you find me painting indoors) based on the plein air study and a few photos I have of the men who sell the fish. It was an idea I had in mind to do at the time I was there painting.
I started with this rough drawing painted in with plenty of turps in the mix.
From there I progressed to blocking in tonal values, with a nod towards colour, again using plenty of turps. I confess I was a bit horrified at this stage but you just have to stick with it really!
I was thinking it was really important to get the whole board covered in dark enough greys so that highlights added later will show up. One of the problems with the plein air sketch is that it's too light in value overall.
It was also really important to keep the paint moving freely and the edges quite vague, the brushwork loose. This because the original painting was too tight and fiddly, in my opinion.
This is where we stand so far and I'm really pleased with progress. I still can't put my finger on what it is that has got me excited, it seems so elusive. Pretty sure my subconscious will be working on it though.
If you have any ideas what it is, feel free to comment and add them to the fray!