Happy Fri-yay, my friend! I hope that you have a nice weekend planned; maybe some creating time set aside? You may remember that earlier this week, I share a lightening strike painting in progress. If not, you can see it HERE. Well, I finished that painting – and then did it again! So I guess I could say that lightening did strike twice, in the same spot.
LIGHTENING STRIKE PAINTING – VERSION ONE
Why did I paint the same thing, twice, you ask? Well, I was *pretty* happy with the first one, but I knew it wasn’t the best. You see, I had used a masking fluid pen for the main lines of lightening. When I added the additional lines & details, I found that the masked lines were just too thick. *sad face*. And it was brutally pointed out to me by my husband, who casually walked by, pointed to the reference photo, and said “I like that one better”! Harsh!! True, but a bit harsh, seriously. (lightly touches bruised ego).
Here’s a photo of version one – you be the judge (it’s okay, I’m over it now).
I put a mat over it, so you have an idea of a ‘finished’ painting. Do you agree with me, that the main ‘forks’ of lightening are too thick?
Picking myself up, I started work on version two. This time, I found my ultra fine masking fluid applicator, and tried again. I did even fewer of the ‘main lines’, and one thin line for the city horizon. I used the exact same Brusho colours of Ultramarine, Prussian Blue, Purple and Black. In both versions, white gel pens in sizes 05 and 08 are used for the thinner lightening lines. Markers are used in both versions for the city lights.
SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON
Here’s a picture of both of them, side by side.
Above, version 2 is on the left, and version 1 on the right. What do you think? Do you have a preference? Personally, I do prefer version 2, the one on the left. Not just the thinner lines, but also the tonal values in the sky.
Curious to see how my paintings compare with the reference photo? Okay – I’ll be brave, and show it to you!
So there you have it! You can see this photo on Unsplash HERE, if you like. Unsplash, if you’re not familiar with it, is a site where photographers upload their amazing photos, and allow artists to use them for free, without paying a royalty or license fee. So it’s nice to share their link, since they’re being so nice to us!
My husband hasn’t seen (and therefore hasn’t given his opinion, yet) of my version 2 – so I would love to hear your opinion! Please, leave a comment on this post. I promise to read and reply. Thanks for spending some time with me today, and reading my ‘story’!
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