Here's where I'm at so far. Took a few days break to do some other stuff and let this one stew for a bit. The colour is a bit punchier here in the photo that it actually is in the painting, but it'll look different on your screen to mine anyway. I have increased the saturation of the yellows in the foreground though, which is perhaps the major difference since my last post. I felt that all the intense blue in the top of the painting needed some balancing power in the foreground. Now that I've gone and done it and can look back at the previous stages I'm not quite so sure it's good - might be a bit over the top. I mean it's nice and vibrant, but I'm not sure I'd personally like that splash of yellow on my wall. I do like powerful colour but I'm often facing this battle of 'how much is too much?' It's all subjective though I suppose.
I'm also not sure I'm happy with the water on the right now - sort of looks like blue paint rather than a true sky reflection. That seems to me to be the trickiest part of the painting - such a complex pattern of light/dark and cool/warm. Battling over the decision to risk what I've got to repaint it or to just leave it be.
Pretty happy with Luke's position on the tree. After 3 painting attempts and several sketches I decided to get Luke to pose for the shot and then photoshopped him onto the branch to get the drawing better. Might just sharpen some edges there a bit and put a little more light on him or conversely, darken the darks to make the lights appear brighter.
So you can see there's quite a bit of good old fashioned artist's angst going into this one, but there's also a lot of just joyful splashing around of paint. Really enjoying it. Thanks guys for all your comments.
All the best,
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