Almost all my paintings have begun at this stage — where I paint the whole thing tonally in Prussian Blue, but usually I add colour on top. The background of this painting is in 24k gold leaf, which gives it a wonderful three-dimensional effect, but this is rather hard to convey in photographs. All the images below are of the same painting — the ones with the darker background are from a scan, which is good for showing the detail of the painting; the ones where the background is very bright gold are from photographs in daylight, which shows the gold leaf very well but not the detail of the painting in blue. You see both effects in the real thing — it is constantly changing with changing light. And the cats… are up to something.
The Naked masquerade is the first painting where I actually stopped at the 'blue stage' of my paintings, having previously though about it but never quite dared, or it wasn't quite appropriate to the subject and so on. Almost all my paintings have begun at this stage - where I paint the whole thing tonally in Prussian Blue, but usually I add colour on top. The background is 24K gold leaf, which works so well with the blue, but makes it rather difficult to convey the effect of this painting on a computer screen. The image above, and all the detail images are from a scan of the painting, which is very good for showing the details of the painting, and the colour of the paintwork.