These dark winter nights are having quite an impact on my work at the moment. Not in a bad way but more in terms of my palette being quite dark and lots of clouds of doom appearing in paintings.
When I am working with cold wax I tend to use palette knives and tools that you would normally associate with baking. I generally don't use brushes to apply the paint but I do use them for blending and the perfect brush for that is a fan brush.
A soft synthetic fan brush is ideal - anything stiffer will drag the paint which isn't the effect I want.
I use the fan brush to gently blend colours that are dramatically different in colour and tone.
The aim is to try and retain as much of the original colour as possible and not end up with one flat colour across the page.
I originally approached this painting with a God's own type image in mind - think more brilliant summery greens.... Well... that didn't quite go to plan but I am really pleased with the results and the colours are a change for me and I love them.
When you look closely at this painting you will see some green, pink, lilac and red highlights which all contribute to making the painting pull together.
This painting will be available from Hawksby's in Haworth from 16 February 2019. Go visit... it is a wonderful shop full of wonderful work. Be prepared to spend lots!