I can't believe it's nearly seven months since I posted about the painting I was working on, and claimed it was "getting very close to finished."
Truth is, it's been sitting there on the easel in my study ever since, defying me to pick up a paintbrush again and put my words into action.
The trouble is, I knew there was something wrong with it, and I couldn't put my finger on what exactly, or how to go about fixing it.
Then, last week, it finally hit me. The whole thing was too flat. I think I knew that already but didn't want to admit it because I knew the solution was going to be technically challenging and time-consuming to put into practice.
The paint I use (gouache) gives vibrant colours and a wonderfully precise finish, great for my style of painting, but it dries almost instantly on the paper. This makes it incredibly difficult to achieve any fading or gradation of tone, especially across a large area.
But that is exactly what I needed to do to make this planet look...well...like a planet. i.e. Round.
So I've been working at it.
Here is how I left it back in March.
And here is how it looks now.
There's still a lot of work to do, but I can finally see it moving in the right direction.
Maybe look forward to another update in, shall we say, another six months?