Monday, June 13, 2011

Tut's Throne - background gold finished

And here is the background gold more or less finished - the pillar on the right is next, then I think I'll do the sunshade above the couple, and then the lower frieze. And then it is time to start with the couple. I am actually quite happy that I have managed  to achieve a certain level of reality with visible brushstrokes. Usually I blend blend blend... But now I decided not every stroke has to disappear. (Might explain the quicker process too...) :) Quite refreshing to see I have the courage to do that.

(Sorry the light does not reach the paintign evenly, so there are shadows and some variations to color)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tut's Throne - central gold foil

And here I have painted the central part of the gold foil - it is rather strongly crumbled which explains the triangular areas of light.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Tut's Throne - the Aten

Here I have worked on the gold background between the Pharaoh and his Great Royal Wife. The Aten, those tiny hands and glyphs.

Here is a detail. As you can see I have painted with rather thick paint and looser strokes than I usually do - trying to achieve a painterly effect. After all this is a painting, not a photograph.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Tut's Throne - some more gold foil

Painted some more of that goild foil to the left and under the chair. It really surprises me how much grey there is in gold. Also it reflects any color around it, so there can be surprising patches of color, depending which way the crumbled gold foil is facing.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tut's Throne - plunging in with color

Now the layering method is fine and delicate, but quite honestly it is now taking too much time. I have other paintings to finish too. So I just took the plunge and hopped in with color. Here I have begun with the left hand side.