The Gates of Chester – third stage

I’ve drawn much more with the wax crayons characterising the stonework, suggesting the undergrowth behind the tree and finishing the wrought iron gates.  I added Viridian to the tree both as paint and as crayon together with some brown and black.  I also intensified the colour washes on the wall but I was working in electric light, and may have been too enthusiastic.  The colours seem to be working better now.

Wolfgate 03
Wolfgate 03

I think I like the effect of the crayon, but the curvy tree trunk needs attention and something – but what? – needs to be done to join the “Brusho” part to the rest of the picture.  I seem to have painted myself into a corner.  Time to sleep on it, maybe.

I returned to my source photograph.  I have missed out the grass edge at the front of the picture, thinking that yet another horizontal line right across the picture is unhelpful.  But there is the ghost of neatly cut grass at the extreme right hand side of the flower border which might break up the horizontal I do have, at least suggesting why we have that edge.  Maybe a little more “Brusho”to take the yellow and purples over the line in places?

Wolfgate Complete
Wolfgate Complete

It doesn’t look very different, but I have straightened the wavy trunk, extended the roots to imply some continuity with the pansies in front, and added more “Brusho” yellow, lemon this time to  suggest distance,to the upper edge of that section.

This is as far as I want to take it in this picture, but I do like the different effect the wax crayon makes.  Contrary to my prejudiced expectations, the crayon has given a delicacy and airiness to the finished picture.  I shall certainly try this combination on media again!

 

The Gates of Chester – second stage

As you see, I have introduced my first washes, taking my colouring from those used in wax crayons.  I like the two textures together, and can see where more of the same will enhance the image.  It is helping me to move away from a strict representation of the scene, something I have been battling with for years.

However, I think the wax crayons are too emphatic, so I need to intensify the washes, and do more crayoning so that the marks don’t look like currants in a bun.

The Wolfgate 02
The Wolfgate 02

The foreground is rather interesting.  If you remember I had stuck down some crumpled tissue paper.  I then sprinkled that area with “Brusho” – how I wish they had thought of a better name – then sprayed with water.  I used only purple and yellow at first as being more appropriate for pansies then added green and brown to suggest foliage and shadow.  There was no variation in tone so that part stood up like a wall.  White gouache was floated over the upper edge penetrating into the garden a little which dulled the colour and made it lie down again.  I need to introduce Viridian into the tree.  It looks strident just careering around among the purples and yellows.