"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Colour Trials

Following on from the sketches in the wood I needed to try out some possible colour combinations for next weeks printmaking.
Greens and blues for undergrowth, the water of the reservoir, deep russets and reds for dark shadows and fallen leaves, white flashes for birds and insects which catch the light as they fly through the dappled canopy, dragonflies in iridescent blue, red berries and  cerulean sky blues.

First some sketchbook notes.
I am trying to keep the palette limited which will make the printing more interesting and hopefully harmonious.

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Then some small approx A5 trial prints using some of the colours.

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Limited palette overprintings with colour notes: For once I have actually made a note of the colours on the test pieces. My working practise is improving!

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It will be interesting to see what will happen when I start to interpret the sketches and colours on a larger scale. Maybe something completely different, but that is just one of the unexpected joys of printmaking!