From your suggestions and ideas I have worked to strengthen and bring out the forms in the painting.
The process to date:
Ina suggested drawing in black and I have done this in a few places, to emphasize details and introduce some new elements.
I followed Robert’s idea to create more structure using Burnt Sienna and or Raw Umber. I applied both on the circular form and the emerging form on the right. He also suggested I consider evoking a portrait and or figure. I painted with this in mind and I think you can see the results…not realistic but rather a loose, ambiguous hint.
Steven’s central black rod…a simple application with interesting results.
Carl’s ‘ochre gold’ for top right corner, to reflect same on bottom and left side of arc is done, although this colour on the arc has now been covered.
Babajij’s Purple micro dot has been placed but it is difficult to see on screen. It is in the eye of the bird-like figure.
This stage of the process was clearly about establishing and defining form and I believe this has happened, however strange those forms may be. I made many intuitive changes to help in this process: Lightening Ina’s reds and pulling them around the composition – Seeing and bringing out faces in the bird-like figure – Playing with the undefined possibilities on the right by layering, adding linear elements and shaping with Red until this somewhat puzzling figure emerged – Toning and increasing intensity of all colours.
I made a couple of very small changes to the central mystery but its secret remains unrevealed.
I think we are now one or two posts away from completion. Fine tuning is needed next.
I welcome your comments on what we have created together so far and also ask for your suggestions and ideas for fine tuning any section of this work.
Thank you as always for your participation…the game continues…
For the concept behind this challenge please see ‘Invitation to Play 1’.
The ‘Invitation to Play‘ painting is a found image photographed in a local park in East Vancouver. I don’t know the artist but will credit you if you contact me. I thank you for inspiring the title for this post.