Michele Clamp Art

A Stage Further

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 I wasn't really feeling it when working on the bigger board so went back to real watercolor paper at a smaller size.   Colors are brighter definitely.

I wasn't really feeling it when working on the bigger board so went back to real watercolor paper at a smaller size.   Colors are brighter definitely.

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I left the previous stage to dry for over a day as I was worried whether the paint would stick well enough to put another layer on.   I think it's ok but next time round I'll put a couple more coats of the absorbent ground on.

I did a few digital sketches over the previous version to see how I could fit in other elements.   I was noodling with electron arrangements of the alkali metals,  a dna helix (maybe overdone?) and some common organic molecules.    

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Not great.   It looks like I've just been doodling.    Which isn't necessarily a bad thing.   I quite want there to be a sketchiness/uncertainty to the whole thing which more reflects science as it is done in real life rather than how it appears in text books.

However, when I got down to actually continuing on with the painting it really didn't need all these extra elements so I decided on the electron arrangement to appear behind and half hidden by the elements.    It works well at this scale but in the back of my mind I keep hold of the final size of 4x6 feet.    Will I need more elements at that scale?  Pfft - don't know yet.

So where from here?   Originally I wasn't going to put in all the elements but just have boxes.  As things are progressing I think they need to go in.  I need to work out a way of emphasizing some and pushing others into the shadows without everything getting too regimented.