Blue Part 2
On the one hand, if you’ve seen the original, you would recognize this as a rendering of the iconic “Blue” album cover. On the other hand, it doesn’t really resemble Joni Mitchell. But this exercise was all about process anyway.
Nicola at Artistic Adventures has been documenting the evolution of her images when she paints. This one in particular caught my eye: https://neschofield.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/turquoise-window/
She said she photographed each step while waiting for that layer of paint to dry. I don’t usually paint in such a logical way, but I wanted to try it, and the “Blue” cover seemed a good choice, as I would only be using one color so I could really concentrate on the layers.
Often I don’t do a sketch at all before I start to paint. Sometimes I use a very light color to just paint in a general feel for the image, and sometimes I just plunge in. But this time I did a sketch, photographed it, and then photographed steps along the way. Even though it’s definitely layered, my work lacks Nicola’s planning and precision. But you can still see the image forming, which is kind of cool.
Positive: It’s good to let layers dry before painting on top of them.
Negative: I found it distracting to stop and start. But maybe part of that was taking photos.
Not a bad result, although I wish it looked more like the real thing.