Kata Jhuta

Alice Springs 2010 664

The photo was taken in 2010 on a rainy day – the sky was bleak and the Olgas were purple instead of the usual brilliant red-orange. In this painting however, I wanted the typical bright blue outback sky to complement the usual orange of the mountains, so I painted the scene in the colours that I had seen previously.

One day though I’ll paint the scene just as photographed.

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To get started I made an orange mark on the canvas that had been previously gessoed. The canvas was 1200 x 900, used in landscape aspect.

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I roughly added colour with a palette knife to the red sandy area at the bottom of the canvas. I used a range of reds, oranges, yellows, dark brown and green not taking care where the different colours were placed. 

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The paint was scraped across the canvas with a large palette knife.

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I marked sections on the canvas in proportion to the photo. A  green area was added where the tree line was. 

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The mountains were sketched in.

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The sky area was painted with a wash of Ultramarine Blue.

 

 

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A range of warm colours from yellow to red-purple was palette knifed onto the red sandy section and a soft blue-green section was painted just below the tree line.

The tree line was loosely painted with dark green and some trunks were added.

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This is a close up of the picture above showing the appearance of the palette knifed areas. Some of the very first painted areas are still apparent. 

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The mountains were painted with a red-orange mix. Detail on the mountains was painted with a blue-purple mix. The sky was overpainted with Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue and white.

More green mixes were added to the tree line and a few smaller trees were brought down from the tree line.

Random marks were scattered across the sandy area at the bottom.

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Further work has been done on the sky. Clouds were added.

The mid value areas of the mountains were overpainted with various mixes of orange, red and red-orange. The mountains were highlighted with lighter and brighter mixes of red-orange. The creases in the mountains were highlighted with a lighter blue mix.

 

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A close-up of the lower area showing mark making and the addition of crayon scribbles.

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A close up of the area just under the tree line

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The finished painting.

Crayon marks were added throughout the painting.

A lighter blue-purple mix was painted randomly though the tree area.

A lead in track was added from bottom left.