This one is purely an imaginary landscape with heightened colour. I felt like experimenting with the coloured pencils in a sketchbook with buff coloured pages. There are elements of remembered places in Wales and Scotland that feed into the landscape but it isn't anywhere in particular.
It was a fiend to photograph and get the colours accurate. This is as close as I can get, it is slightly less purple in reality I think. I do find cp's difficult to scan or photograph with any accuracy on the colour overlays. I've altered saturation and colour balances and brightness and more to try to get it close.
I started out with the dynamic lines I intended from a digital image done a long time ago but I knew I wanted the work to evolve in its own way. It's now very different from its starting point.
When I do work like this I only have a very sketchy idea of where it's going when I start. It evolves and changes like jazz rather than classical music that has clear rules and guidelines. That's easy enough in oils or acrylics but not quite so easy with cp's as you can't paint out sections in major changes! It came together in the end with lots of glazes and layers of colour that don't show up well in reproduction :>(
The original digital image - it's one of my favourite digital images and I didn't want to simply reproduce it. It already exists in its own right - I just wanted to take the shapes and play - some altered considerably as I worked and some remained very similar. I want to do some more work based on this series, some large abstract canvasses too that remain simpler like the digital work. I rather overcomplicated this one I think - which is partly to do with the medium. With large paintbrushes it's easier to retain a simplicity. Sharp pencils want to add detail!