I have been meaning to come back to doing a repeat pattern for a while. I did some of some swallows years ago when I first stared the DM Collection.
Whales in a swirl! With this repeat I was keen to try and get as much movement in the whole thing as possible and also make it repeat from just one tile.
Although it was not completely clear in my mind about the colour scheme it become clear after I had finished the first whale. It was going to be blue all the way!
Ultramarine and prussian blue for the whales and cerulean blue for the water and just a bit of the usual favourite quinacridone gold here and there.
This was the finished painting. Once i had it scanned into photoshop I noticed my measurements were a bit out so had to do a bit of tweaking in photoshop to make it line up and repeat.
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In Greek mythology, Halcyone and Ceyx were lovers who incurred the wrath of the god Zeus by mocking him and his wife. Angered, Zeus killed Ceyx.