So, remember when I said that I thought I was going to have to add some washes to make my night time scene less "early morning" and more "night"?
Well, "Ta Dah!!!" :)
I started out with blobs of blue, black and red to make a purple wash...
...which looked sort of an eggplant-y once it was all stirred up. Even when I added the water, it still looked very dark, but when I tested it on the side, it looked like...
The bottom wash, which I figured was too dark.
So I added some more water in increments of about a 1/4 of a cup, and got the second version (above it) and then again (the very top version) which was my target colour.
After the first, wash, I had this. Better, but still not dark enough.
So I added colour directly to my wash, first a little blob of navy blue, and then added two more washes with more additions of navy blue...
and then added more black to the mixture and did two or three washes of the black. When I started getting into the navy blues and blacks, I was adding washes to the pond water as well, to darken it up.
And this was the end result.
The water looks great, and it's certainly dark enough, but there's hardly any differentiation between the sky and the rocks.
So I got out those original teals, blue-y greens and purples I started with, darkened them up with the additions of a drop or two of black and a drop or two of Prussian blue...
And that's what I ended up with. Much better, no?
So, if you look at where it started, you can see that it's a big difference, and it doesn't look like morning or an overcast day anymore. Now, it actually looks like night. Yay!
You can see the progress side by side here (that pic is clickable if you want to look at it in a bigger size) - those four pictures represent 15-20 washes in total!
I'm totally in the home stretch now, I have probably only two or at the most three hours left on the piece. Phew!
Come on back on Friday for the big finish!
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