Starting Again

A while ago I started a painting which was supposed to be Gandalf leading Bilbo and the Dwarves through the mountains. The background went fine which is unusual for me, then the rock faces didn’t work out too badly. Then I added Gandalf and I didn’t like it, I added more rain, more clouds, tints, hints… nothing worked for me, so there’s only one things for it. I’ll have to go back to drawing board πŸ˜‰ Next time I’ll go a bit darker, with a bit more cloud, for now…

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Meanwhile in Moria….

The theme of the month over on John Howe’s website was Fiat Lux “Light should be the focus of the theme, whether it’s shadows, flames, rising or setting suns or distant stars. Lots of possibilities, from Prometheus bringing fire to mankind to the lovely shadow cast by an object from the lamp on your table…” So, I wondered how little light was required to illustrate a scene – more specifically if I could get away with using as little light as possible. Turns out it is quite difficult at times…

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The G Spot

Sat down to sketch a quick pub sign and for some reason ended up with this. Gandalf found Valinor a bit on the quiet side for his liking, and so he decided to open an inn. Planning permission was a little difficult to come by and in the end he had to put the inn down the end of a lane in a remote corner. The only pubs Gandalf could remember were the Prancing Pony of Bree and of course the Green Dragon which he was banned from for reasons…

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