I am very happy with this painting. It pulls together many things I have tried to do in my paintings for some time.
First, lights and darks. It sounds simple to just use lights and darks in one’s art. But it is very hard to get the right balance of lights and darks. They are what will make a painting “pop”.
Next, different textures. Texture in the painting will make it more interesting and keep the viewer involved. I was finally able to make a brush in Painter that picks up paper grain. In Painter, I can bring in any paper textures I want. I bring in papers of all kinds. I have papers from real-world media and Ih have papers of rocks, bark and just about anything you can think of.
I used some geometric brushes that I made in this piece. If you look, you can see triangles throughout the piece. Those were the stamp brush.
I tried to pay closer attention to composition in this work. I tried to give the eye a path to walk. Not that you have to walk that exact path, go where you want.
As usual, I started this painting in Rebelle with watercolors and inks and then took it into Painter.