The Alexander Painting No

Let me take an overall look. Things I don't like;

1. The tallest building looks phallic while the other one needs a more oriental cast (well we are a hundred miles west of Ankara). It also seems too high.

2. I need more perspective in the sky, more aerial direction, more light direction. I'll try and fix those ...

Something like this perhaps?

The problem of linking the sky to the ground now arises. Perhaps I am trying too hard to complete the inside square of the composition? Does it need to be completed at all or is the dark vertical line on the right sufficient? We shall see.

I will also repeat the motiff on the tower on the waggon wheel and the king's chair - thus creating a bit of repitition (patten).

The street composition is a simple light against dark and dark against light'. On the right side I have dark forms and spears against a lightening blue-grey haze then, as we scan across street, the figures on the otherside become increasingly light until we create reverse - light figures against a dark background.

But I have that torch on the wall. You can see the problem; behind the two breast-plated soldiers to the left of the king the wall goes from dark to light for no apparent cause?

Perhaps I should remove the light and allow the dark to reach the first level ...

As I work on that problem I will begin to add some form and detail to the figures.

Must elevate the waggon shaft and detail the knot... Also must think on what I want in the foreground?

I am almost past the 'chiaroscuro and design.' That is often the hard part. Soon I will be able to place and work the major figures and this will be a test because future problems will be mostly be a consequence of flaws that are already inbuilt. I know that if they persist I might have to do some radical alterations. Nothing is certain.

THE ALEXANDER PAINTING NO.3

Let me take another look ... Things I don't like;

The problem of linking the sky to the ground still persists ... if I don't solve this problem this painting is destined to oblivion! Radical measures ... take out some light and darken the wall.

Let me take another look ... Things I don't like;

The problem of linking the sky to the ground still persists ... if I don't solve this problem this painting is destined to oblivion! Radical measures ... take out some light and darken the wall.

Join middle ground to top middle ground above Mmmm ... how about a ladder(lateral thinking)? Then let's cheat a little and join left to right with a scumbled beam of slanting light.

And warm the sky with some ultramarine (later I shall make it glow with the addition of a glazed thalo) In desperate need of some foreground entry points to lead the viewer's eye into the painting. Here we reach another critical juncture; all or nothing? I decide on sheep - actually I always had sheep in mind as I wanted something low and runing out toward the viewer. Place them dark in semi-shadow silhouette and see how they look?

Entry and exit points: 1. Exit; the eye travells across the middle ground up the ladder across on the light and out through the sky.

2. Entry: a) Follow floor boards halfway up in the left - then go down ladder and into action. b) Perspective edge-line half way up on right edge.

Problems: The dog is no good! The woman on the right is too high!

Needs a few touches to give extra depth and curve to the street.

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