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This time I pre-washed the canvass page with a Prussian Blue Acrylic and then produced the same composition, again using oils.

Quite a difference……..partly I believe as I was getting a little more used to the oils and by now looking better.


When looking at the two side by side, the coloured ground is much more defined.  I have had to make the shadows stronger because of the colour, but i have also noticed more. there is a reflection in the ink bottle and the mug.  The cast shadow works better with he blue underneath it has a luminous quality.  There are slight edges where I have left the blue showing which appear to push the objects forward.


Something to experiment more with…going forward.