It's World Watercolour Day today and I celebrated it in two of the best ways possible... firstly by sharing the news with friends on facebook and helping to spread the word about this wonderful medium and secondly by painting :)
I hope you have all helped to spread the word too and have had some time to paint.
I know many of you are curious to see my progress with the chess painting. I've now completed all but my centre of interest (the baby and the fallen king)
In the traditional chess game black and white are used for the chess pieces but I wanted more colour in this painting. I did however want to keep to the opposites idea for the opposing teams so chose my colour palette for this painting accordingly using mostly the compliments of golden yellows and purply/ browny greys.
I had a bit of fun in the background castling the king (quite literally). I've added a close up below for you to see as it is hard to spot it in the small jpg of the whole painting. Don't forget you can click on either image to see a larger version.
Painting for me, is all about having fun as well as providing opportunities to engage the viewer and conveying a message. For me, castling the king just adds to that childhood fantasy feel that I wanted to convey.
I'm still thinking about a name for this painting. I've had several ideas from friends and some of my own.
So far my favourites are:
Baby on Board
Chairman of the Board
I'm really looking forward to the next part. I'm hoping to really punch the values on the king and inject some fun additional colour into the baby. fingers crossed it works.