I found inspiration in the aquatic plant kingdom today in the form of the beautiful Coral Sea Fans. Or so I thought. In my excitement to paint today I left out researching my subject until later. I was so sure coral was a type of plant BUT it turns out although they can be said to be plants (- look like ’em and anchor themselves in the sand like ’em) they are actually (nocturnal) animals and have little polyps all along its ‘branches’ feeding off plankton.
I kinda feel half ways about posting this now but it was an honest if not ignorant mistake. (^_^;)
Anyway onto the painting then.
I decided I wanted to work with negative space and so drew the plant itself in masking fluid (Yes! Another excuse to use it – it went so well yesterday ^_^) my confidence was fully restored in masking fluid after having having done a mini test to see if the little details would hold up till the end. This worked out so I went ahead and started with the painting – which took me close to 3 hours; happy hours I’ll admit. I love doing something that I can put all my focus on for a good chunk of time. Its always cathartic on a level.
So after the fluid dried I applied a mix of Gamboge (hue) + Phthalo Blue + very little Chinese White for a greeny under painting applied wet in wet. Then I added Prussian blue to darken that green for the mid area. And finally I added in a bit of Cobalt and Prussian for the bottom corner. It was all really dark before it dried but I like the softness.