Work in progress – Large scale painting

Photograph taken in my studio.First stage of painting, dark blue washes of acrylic paint staining the canvas.
Stage 1 – Painting my first layer of a ground/stain of dark blue. 300 w x 215 h cm, acrylic paint on canvas.
Stage 2 - laying in the composition, a group of figures begin to take shape in orange spray paint.
Stage 2 – Beginning to lay in the composition for the painting. You can see the hint of a stream and landscape with a group of figures.
Stage 3 - developing the painting with more detail and colour.
Stage 3 – Developing the painting with more detail and colour. Pushing and pulling areas of the background, texture and colours.
Stage 3 continued - more details painted into the work and figures. details of the grass and plants and birds are developed.
Stage 3 continued – More details painted into the work and figures. Details of the grass and plants and birds are worked on, and now I can begin to go into the details and work on specific areas.
Pigeon under a tree
I have chosen to insert contemporary animals and birds into the work. Here is a pigeon that I photographed in the park near my home. When I went for my walk, I began photographing contemporary references to insert into the painting. It is important for me to have contemporary elements in the work, as I want it to be relevant to todays society and issues.
photograph of the right lower half of the painting. You can see three female figures sitting under a tree. one holds a bottle, the other has a phone and is listening to music on headphones. There are plants under the tree, and there are 2 figures wading in a stream.
In this close up you can see a few new details appearing. Three female figures sit under a tree, one holds a bottle, the other has a phone and is listening to music on headphones. I wanted to paint the plants that I saw in the park, and in the distance there are 2 figures wading in a stream (potentially Adam and Eve.)