I have painted a series of four paintings called “Four Seasons”.
Here I explain how I painted them.
Step 1: Draw a design based on a theme.
For ‘Spring’ I chose tulips. I viewed hundreds of images mainly posted on the internet by people who sell tulips. Below is the finished design.
Each code represents a colour. The first is ‘dp’ or ‘deep purple’. Much later is ‘y’ or ‘yellow’. Last came ‘gr’ or ‘grey’. I basically paint by numbers. Deep purple, being the first colour, is given a ‘shift’ of zero. Yellow is given a shift of 36. The last colour to go on was grey with a shift of 84.
Step 2: Add a doodle.
Below is the finished doodle.
This doodle affects the colour balance. The higher the number of a band, the greater the ‘red shift’. That is to say colours are pushed towards the red end of the spectrum. This can lead to weird effects such as yellow tulips getting tinged orange. Red gets darker and turns brown; White becomes grey, useful for clouds.
Step 3: Paint, one colour at a time.
The band number of the doodle is added to the shift number of the colour area to determine the number of the colour needed. For example the first colour painted was the dark purple of the large tulips in the foreground. The shift was zero, and the band number was four, so the number needed was four, visible in the sequence above at the top right corner.
The result, hopefully, is a nice painting as featured below:
All 91 colours used in the series had to be preserved until all four paintings were completed. Why? Inevitably omissions occur. If the required colour is still sitting in the palette, it can easily be watered and applied. One advantage of gouache paint is that, like viruses, it just needs water to come to life again.
In the current coronavirus lockdown most of us have plenty of time. I have just completed Peace Balloons, possibly the most time-consuming art project I have ever undertaken, having invested an estimated 400 hours.
In the course of painting the nets my dear father passed away. At first I thought I stop painting. However it came to me that my father, who was an accomplished architect and painter, would have wanted me to continue. So I dedicate Peace Balloons to Cyril’s memory.
蛍石の展開図です。出来上がったペーパクラフトはGalleries → Papercraft → Crystals → Hotaru Ishi で見れます。ここで鉱物の情報が見れます. 実物の写真はこち。楽しんで下さい。
These are the nets to make two crystals of Hotaru Ishi. Completed solids me be viewed in Galleries → Papercraft → Crystals → Hotaru Ishi. More information about the mineral may be found here; photos of the actual crystals are here.
Despite the delicious name, this mineral is not edible. It has the features of watermelons if you except the seeds, sweetness and softness. It is a variety of tourmaline. Images of the actual mineral can be seen here—a page that sells jewellery.
More of my images, including the nets, can be viewed in “Galleries” → “Papercraft” → “Crystals” → “Watermelon Stone”.
Next week I hope to introduce a mineral that allegedly glows in the dark.