I’ve just finished a picture where I took a few random photos of the compost heap to give a possible starting point.
In these two sketches I was looking for strong diagonals. Also I decided to try a square composition. Why? Simply because the compost heap is square, and I was interested in creating a pattern rather than something representative. Next I did a colour palette.
I wanted to have a contrast of jewel-like colours with more muted ones, plus a contrast of cool and warm. Bringing it together, I started on the picture in acrylics; this shows work in progress:
and this is the final version:
I’ve achieved what I intended, which is a lively and colourful image, but I had something more intricate in my mind’s eye at the outset. There is also something menacing about this picture, which I hadn’t intended.