The sun streams into my cottage at this time of year and it is just wonderful to sit on the coach in the sun and look out onto my new garden. I tried to catch the look of the sunshine through the french doors as it filtered through the dark, red, grape-vine leaves. As I sit and look at this picture again I am torn, it is close to the feeling I wanted, but not yet there. I have fiddled with it a bit, but will have to walk away now as more will ruin what I have gained so far.
Here is the photo I used as the reference, although I did crop the image for the drawing. Even posting this I can see the issues, will I ever get my darks and lights bold enough? I have spent ages working on colour and I am happy with that, but struggle now with the contrast.
Here is a WIP photo of when I had just started adding colour, part of me thinks I should have stopped there.
Here is another as I struggle with the balance of the drawing, I was not happy with the doors and went back and darkened the background to make the rest pop.
Well it is always great to challenge ourselves and I will give this another try with different sketch later. Always another day, another page in the journal and more winter sun.
Here is a picture of a Rosella just outside the window to cheer us all up, as it is a cold, wet, windy day here today, even the bird is all fluffed up.