The white skyline needed attention!!

The white skyline needed attention!!

I was really glad to get into the shed today. I only have two days a week that I can potentially get into the shed with nothing else on my mind, and often only one of those actually happens because of other jobs and family commitments, so on a morning when I know I have those few precious hours to create I get quite excited. The previously white skyline was my mission this morning, to try and blend it from the cross into the skyline; to hint at buildings and to emphasise maybe those that are more familiar on the Birmingham horizon such as the Bull Ring car park bubble building as it is know as in our house, and the tall building next to the church.

Added layers blue, brown and white to the skyline to add definition

Added layers blue, brown and white to the skyline to add definition

It is quite scary sometimes working in layers because you find it hard to stop at the right time: layering paint over and over, sometimes rubbing back into the paint and covering the whole thing with water with the hope that definition will eventually come and the whole thing looks aesthetic and balanced. The background, as it has dried, has become more dull and I was doubting my previous decision to stop on that. But as the water dripped down the canvas the colours became vibrant again so I know my decision was right. The brown was incredibly flat, a flatter finish than I’d anticipated, but the additional blue and white tones have done what I’ve wanted.

Mustard seeds slowly taking shape

Mustard seeds slowly taking shape

I still think I’ll add layers over this but for now I’ll let the paint dry and see what happens. The cross is far too neat and tidy so that will definitely need rectifying. I would like to add more text to the piece as well so that will be my next thinking through. On of the canvases I want do bind two words onto it, directly referring to Proverbs 3: 1-8 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. I want to explore the word ‘bind’ a little more to see what materials to use for this idea visually. That’s the rest of this afternoon. To add definition I also spent a little time on the mustard seeds. They are becoming a little more defined. I like their unfinished nature…..

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