Thank you all for your encouragement and warm wishes concerning my new (ad)venture. I listed three more paintings on Etsy this morning. Freshly varnished (and now dry), the Moeraki Boulders (above) are for sale. I photographed them prior to varnishing because, as anyone who has ever tried to take a decent photo of a varnished canvas will tell you, shine is no friend of the camera.
‘Springtime’ is also now on Etsy. What a tricky little painting it was to photograph! I tried all my usual tricks. Shooting outside on an overcast morning usually gives me the best true-to-life results but the layers of gel medium mixed in with the paint made it very shiny ― nice to look at but not so nice to photograph. It seems to be more of an issue with dark colours. I’m still not completely happy but Photoshop’s Shadows/Highlights and Exposure adjustments helped a lot. And it’s still better than scanning (which produces strange and unattractive ‘shadow blobs’ where the surface touches the scanner).
Getting the shop organised over the last little while has meant less time for painting (boo) but I plan to throw myself back into it again… starting today : )
Please visit last Monday’s post to see the work-in-progress photos (and if you’re wondering about the heading).
I’ve been working on Moeraki boulders (two) over the last week and thought it would make a good WIP slideshow. The photographs (below) show inspiration, evaluation, exuberance, regret, pity and perseverance. I’ll post the last stage, abandonment, next week.
If this looks familiar, it may be because it’s an acrylic version of a watercolour study I posted last month. Some Moeraki boulders weigh several tonnes and the largest are three metres in diameter but what impresses me the most about these amazing mudstone concretions is knowing that they are the result of erosion. I would find it much easier to believe that they fell from the sky!
P.S. I’m now working on Moeraki (two), looking in the opposite direction (towards the cliffs).