Monday, 22 April 2013

Work in progress: Mary Queen of Scots Panel (Oxborough Hall)

This large piece is progressing, although slowly! As I work on several large paintings at a time, in theory I should have 3 finished in the next month.... If only there were more hours in the day! Above is a detail of the painting, showing some of the first gold leaf application (thanks to fellow artist Garth Baley for the loan of some today!) on the twisted paper 'thread'.
Below is Stage 3, 4 and 5 of the painting, once the background is complete I will go to work on the borders (with more enamel paint, gold leaf, pastels) which are under painted in red and gold enamel paint at present. The red and gold brocade sections on the upper right and lower left will recieve additional detailed work, as will the small creatures. I am considering overlaying the green velvet background with scaled down red/gold 'raised 'thread' work, painted in rather than sewn on however. The red/green contrast is working really well, as opposing colours they each enhance the strength of the other.

Stage 3, 4 & 5
The green velvet background is growing, a mix of Emerald Green, Cadmium Yellow, French Ultramarine and white, all Daler-Rowney oil paints. Some more mythical creatures have found their way into the painting; unicorns, dolphins, exquisite horses...

Upper Right Detail
The Rose emblem and my variation of the red and gold brocade which trims the centre panel on the Marian Hanging. I like the way the raised rolled paper 'thread' in gold and red is working with the underpainting of the brocade section.

The 'Delphine', symbol of the Dauphin of France, later Francis II, Mary 's first husband

A Unicorn, with banner unfurled above it's head

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