In the third layer of this image, I went mostly monochromatic. There are colors weaving through, but they have been knocked down with touches of burnt sienna, yellow ochre, and sepia. The intense middle layer adds some further color variation, unfortunately this layer obscured more than I had intended.
The last layer is the opportunity to lock in chaotic color movement. It provides lots of latitude in the earlier stages when the last touches will sync it all together. It takes a daft touch. Too little and syncing doesn’t happen, in fact it only adds to the cacophony. Too much obscures previous layers and flattens the image. Just right and it’s a thing of beauty.
That didn’t happen ere unfortunately. The final wash was too heavy and opaque, resulting in a very monochromatic image with little variation.
It was not a failure however. The spectator image expanded to 3′ x 4.5′ has a presence to it unlike any others using this subject matter.