Gosh…I go away and don’t blog for a couple of days and I have a couple of days with over 400 hits. Crazy I tell you. Most days I will have about 20-30 people come on by and see what I am doing then suddenly, POW. Thanks to the 20-30 regulars by the way!
So I am about 90% done the mural and just have a few little tweaks to do to make it to my satisfaction…I’m a little picky about my work…just a little. The crazy ocd-virgo-ness kicked in a couple years ago. Not that you can tell by my desk at work. I still need everything out so I can see what I need but I do know where everything is.
So if you have been following the mural progress you can see that I darkened up the mountains on the left. I also darkened up the mountain in the front a bit and added a darker base to it running along the entire bottom. I still like the yellowness of the mountain on the right but I will probably have to tone it down a bit.
When I was taking pictures I did not focus on the grass on the bottom of the picture at all but it is finished. I added a layer of darker green to it and tried to get rid of the outline that had been created by the first few layers. Grasses and bushes are DONE!
So the plan for finishing the painting is to change the water colour slightly. It is a bit too bright and I would like it to be a bit darker. It bothers me that the water and the sky are the exact same colour. Yes the water should reflect the sky colour but I think it is a bit too much. The plan is a layer of transparent blue-brown mixed with a whole whack of painting medium so that it is very transparent. I learned the hard way that it is not a good idea to use water as a thinning agent on such a large surface. You cannot control the dribbles that occur. I little water is fine but for a transparent layer you need a gloss medium.
Final step will be two layers of a polyurethane to seal it and stop the weather and sun from affecting it too much. There will be some weathering that will happen but a bit of UV protection never hurts!
I have been playing with my cameras settings in the last couple of days. The Pentax can do some interesting things with the processing that I am enjoying.
So a few things still on my list to get done before school starts again.
- Finish painting the kitchen- I picked a colour called Sketch Pad which is the wall colour in the picture below. I love all the greys in this palette. They range from light to dark grey and I will readily admit to liking them partly due to the names. You cannot convince me that paint number 309-uvc6029 looks as good as Sketchpad. Plus it is a heck of a lot easier to remember.
- Going to try to finish the mural today (fingers crossed)
- I decided I am tired of having the same old day planner as every other teacher on the block. So I am making my own. I know what I need and use regularly in a day planner so why not make one that is perfectly me!
- I think I am going to have the students do a self portrait for one of their first projects. Totally evil and it will freak them out but I have a plan to make it easy and interesting.