After Clowning Around, (no pun intended), my latest painting, I'm back to working on Gate of Reverence. I'm in the detail and value phase now. Since my last post, I have added more detail to the central figure. I've also tweaked the dark background on the sides just a bit. I thought the darks were too uniform so I went in with some pure water washes to do some lifting of pigment at the same time adding some washes of color to bring out a green tone in the dark background to tie in with the gate.
Next I will be adding more detail. This is depicting a stained glass window in the background, so I will be painting in the lead lines, maybe adjusting value a bit more and working on some hard and soft edges. This one has been a challenge for me, because I'm painting a bit tighter than I normally paint, but still painting representational and trying to avoid a photo realistic interpretation. Hopefully I'm achieving this goal!