Work on Dorian Gray continues. Figuring out the color scheme and the intensity of color has been a big part of the work, along with the addition of collage items. I have a sky in mind, but it is going to be a challenge to capture it. I'm going to spend sometime tracking down a photo reference tomorrow evening. This I'll know it when I see it doesn't work very well and spends a lot of time and paint. I want the sky to resemble how it looks when the sunset breaks right after a rain storm. I think the interplay of gold and payne's grey clouds is always visually dynamic and very reflective.
As the painting continues I will have to play with pushing and pulling the tie in and out of the background. It's funny how a tie can literally be a noose around your neck. I don't want it to be over stated though. I want it to be there, but something the viewer will not notice until they've spent some time with the work.