While painting this castle, I keep remembering how we walked out from under a near cave-like path covered with vegetation and then looked up at this wonder. I try to keep that feeling in the fore front of my mind because that is how I want you to feel when you look at the finished piece. Keeping this unusual perspective is a challenge, and fortunately my husband periodically walks in to re-assure me (he is my perspective cop) that all is well. I let my palett knife do the work with the stones and earth under and around the castle and made sure that my intuition was dominant, otherwise I would have gotten into too much detail.
How do you like the knife work?
Here I am beginning to layer on paint with my palette knife. I am a bit perplexed by the earth and stone upon which the castle sits; I am not sure how to treat it color and texture wise. Since the castle is the focal point, I also do not want to attract too much attention the eroding earth. It seems best to stay with my intuition and keep putting on the paint. This is my first building in quite a while, so it will be interesting to see how I like painting them again, plus a round tower to boot! Challenges in a painting always rev my creative engine. Stay tuned!Comment on or Share this Article →
Montfort Castle, France, was a sight to behold. To see it, we had to crank our heads back at all times. Here is the underpainting I started with. As you can see, I once again begin with puzzle-looking pieces to provide the foundation upon which I begin a painting. I am working on a 16x12 canvas that has been lightly textured with gessoe.
Can you tell from this stage the view I have of the castle?