So I went ahead and attempted a second painting, because really why would I just stop at one? Especially when I wasn’t all that happy with that one. Incase you missed it you can read all about it here.
I wanted to try a different technique with this one and focus more on the sky rather than the sky, grass, pathway and lake… looking back, maybe that was a little bit too much!
So this time I started off by doing a pencil drawing of what I was planning to do
In case you can’t guess that’s a city… not sure what city it is, just a city!
Because I wanted it to be all in shadow I didn’t need to differentiate between the buildings or anything like that, so that made it much easier!
by the way, I realize the canvas looks pink, but that’s just from the umbrella on the patio, it really is a white canvas under a red umbrella!
The next step was to get out the tiny brush and outline the city.
Again I knew that I didn’t have to be super careful with the buildings as they were all going to be in shadow. The next step was to start on the sky, I wanted to go for a real “land of living skies” sunset, the only problem is, I feel like I am seriously lacking when it comes to the colours in my set…
10 colours yah! but not a pink, purple or red to be found!
And I know what you’re thinking, “you can just make those colours by mixing others!”
And yes I know! I tried… it didn’t go so well!
Lesson learned! blue and green do not always make purple, sometimes they make a weird sea sick green, but when in doubt, add yellow… and white…. and then use sparingly!
I’ll have to do some more research on mixing acrylics and see if anyone has a secret they wish to share!
In the end though I am actually happier with this one than the first, here’s how it ended up looking:
Not sure what I’m going to attempt for the 3rd one, but I know I have some shopping and research to do!
I am going to watch a few more youtube videos on ‘how to’ as well as find some ideas on mixing colours.
I need to buy:
-a pallat knife