Wednesday, 28 September 2011

This Is One of My Favourite Things To Do (Part 2)

Hello there!

Following on from yesterday's post, I'm sure you'll be excited to discover that I've completed some more work on my Moreton Bay Fig Tree painting.  (You must be, if you are reading this! ;-))

Creating this painting has so far been a very interesting process as I have battled to create what I consider a sophisticated colour palette that is pleasant to the viewer.  At various times, the painting has been various shades of "sludge" brown, "hangover" green or "bilious" blue. (Can you tell things have been a little gassy in my household lately?)

I'd be lying if I didn't confess I was starting to feel quite frustrated with the painting and was starting to wonder if I should just scrap it, until I added orange into the mix.  Honestly, orange.  It's true! I think it's because as a sort of complementary colour of blue (and close to red, the complementary of green), the shade tones down that overpowering "I feel sick" feeling that I was experiencing initially.  Dunno.  Oh, the joys of learning!

Anyway, without further ado and more of my incessant waffle, here is where I have ended up as of lunchtime today:

I'm toying with the idea of putting a wee boat in the distance in the water on the right hand lower side of the painting, or adding a slightly stronger "horizon line", but am really unsure that this may make the painting a little twee.  What  do you think?  Do you like it?  Would you add a boat?

Anyway, thanks for stopping by and seeing today's effort.  Be sure to come back and see the finished product!



  1. I like the way the painting has developed since your last post. I think that today's shades of blue, green and the orange more effectively capture the image. As you mention, it may need something more to distinguish the sea and the sky - for what it is worth my thoughts are a stronger horizon line. Looking forward to your next post!

  2. Great work Kate. I love the colours in your paintings and although I can't offer technical help, I like what I see.
    Your progress is noticeable.

    Keep them coming,


  3. Thanks so much for your comments anonymous and Jan. Jan, I'm really thrilled that you can see my progress - it is exciting that my work is improving.

    I'm enjoying creating this painting as well, although I must confess it has changed in structure again since this post. Hopefully in the next day or so I can produce a finished product that I can be happy with!

    Thanks once again,



Thank you very much for reading and taking the time to comment. I get so excited and love reading what you have to say!