so okay it’s been a few steps. let me post the pictures and then i’ll talk about the process.
after i got the outline up – imperfectly but not to worry – i took stock of my colors – black, white, light blue, yellow green, phtalo green, scarlet, dark pink – and decided i might could mix up a nice caucasian skin tone. not that trolls have white skin, mind you. or maybe they’re pasty white because they live in the mountains and only come out in the winter when it’s dark and nobody’s about to see them. i can’t be sure. but anyway, i need a nice light color for the skin or the rest of it won’t make sense. anyway nothing is final until i put the varnish on.
you can see dark around the edges of the color. that’s because the graphite contour lines and the grid are unfixed, meaning the graphite smudges into the paint just like any good pigment. that’s why i need to put a second coat of everything on there, even the black.
then, the next day, i mixed up some scarlet and black and got a nice brownish reddish color that i put on the antlers. on impulse i also brushed some lightly onto the trolls cheeks, lip and nose. just as indication, and because when i have a wet paintbrush in my hand nothing is safe.
the next day i found a film can full of green earth dry pigment, and it was enough to mix in with the white house paint. however, it was very very faintly colored (as green earth is among the weakest of pigments) so i was forced to put in a tiny tiny drop of phthalo green paint, which of course was too much. so now i’m working with seafoam green, which would have been great back in the 60s but looks a little odd now, especially against that white background. but i have hopes to make all the white disappear in the end. it really makes the face color stand out, tho, doesn’t it? and please note i’ve extended his nose a wee bit and will have to fill it in later.
today, not knowing how to proceed with the hair and beard, i decided to start with the outside of the mural. so i mixed up that horrid light blue with some black, and slapped it on around the outline of the troll with a 3″ brush, feathering the outside edges so there wouldn’t be a hard edge. the trouble i’m going to have with this is that now it’s hard to distinguish the antler headdress from the surrounding ocean because there’s a lot of black in both colors, so no contrast. it means i’ll have to highlight the antlers, which i guess i was going to do anyway. now my hand is forced, tho.
later on today, since i wasn’t working very well on my other projects, i took the container with the blue-black and mixed more of the blue in, then went around the figure again, another 3″ out from the contour line, feathering the lighter blue into the darker blue and kind of glazing over the darker color so there wasn’t an edge. the effect is kind of a shadow near the figure. later i intend to take the straight blue out of the can and put it up around the figure, and then take whatever blue is left and mix some more white into it and finish the painting to the edge.
but this is as far as i’ve gotten. people in the town are beginning to slow down as they pass, and some even go up to it and point. it’s obviously a map of iceland, but i’m not sure how many schoolchildren have seen the troll face in it. it can’t be that i’m the first, tho i’ve asked and everybody says so. but hey, i’m not going to copyright it or anything.