Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Agave, In Progress 4

I have almost completed the second glaze of greens on the leaves, using a mix of sap green and hooker's green. I drop in a little Alizarin to add texture. I try not to let the red mix too much with the green causing the green to neutralize (and thus flattening the shape). If the red is still visible, the warm color will give the illusion of coming forward. You can see this effect best on the center leaf. Next I will add the darks and paint in the shadow triangle shapes. Triangles lead the eye in and out of a painting and I like how they work in this design.