The next painting in the series I did was The Revolt of the Vespers. The painting depicts the incident that started the rebellion on Sicily against the rule of the French/Capetian king Charles I in 1282. A french soldier reportedly molested a noble lady on the pretext of searching her – her husband stabbed the soldier with the soldiers own sword.
The first sketch I did needed some amendments for historical accuracy.
The second one has the characters in the right sequence.
I softened and ‘ghosted’ back some of the figures in the background so they did not interfere with the focus on the foreground figures – I did this by adding atmospheric haze and dust to the scene.
I was still not quite happy with this and the colours in the painting, so I took a photo of it and did a few quick changes to it digitally as an experiment. I left the painting at this point, but I think the changes were for the better and this is the direction I’ll take if I put brush to canvas with it again: