The third in the series of value studies. Next up, complementaries.
Second value study….
This is the first of a series of 3 value studies I did in a workshop I attended last week. Plenty more to follow…
Daffodils–3 bunches for $5….and the challenge of painting yellow in shadow…..
This is the last of the tulips from the series. This was almost completely closed when I started to draw and paint it…but shortly after wound up like this…kind of like time lapse photography.
I’ve done this view many times over the years…and I’d like to do many more. I can definitely see progress.
Ordinarily, I would not have painted today. B was rear ended last night and as you can imagine, it’s a lot of chaos…he’s in pain, etc. I can’t believe I managed to get this done. The light was moving fast. I happened to be reading Carol Marine’s book last night and she specifically mentioned that yellow and red were the most difficult colors to get right…which was a surprise to me, and couldn’t help thinking: “now you tell me” since I had just painted a yellow and red bell pepper that very day (and a red tomato). So I figured I’d tackle these hot primaries again…I changed the ground color from cream to a grayish greenish yellow, which led to darker shadows in the waning afternoon light. There’s a gallery opening tonight of a show I have a couple small pieces in but B is at the acupuncturist…we’ll see how he is after (and a chiropractic appointment already set up for tomorrow). I have to pick up the piece that was in a different gallery tomorrow and hoping I can get another landscape done while out there.
Because of the challenge I have not had time to engage in household cleaning very much…and I was going to try to wait until the end of the month and the challenge, but really I just couldn’t take it any more. After this morning of massive cleaning, I needed a nap and then there wasn’t much daylight left. I’m running low on inspiration too…and my “props” are in need of augmentation. I keep wanting to run to the thrift store but there isn’t much time left over for that. So I thought I’d go with humble again. Someone who I think is in on this challenge (I forgot to make a note of who) wrote that “circles are the devil” which kind of cracked me up, because I know the feeling. This was really hard to photograph too, with it having been painted with incandescent lighting and there being little daylight left for shooting it. But, ya know, I did it, and that’s what counts for now.
I have been looking at this view for 20 years and have painted it from time to time. I decided to go check on the most recent iteration before today’s and when I found it I was so flipped out by my progress that I literally flipped the older painting onto a wet canvas on the floor. Ugh! Luckily it didn’t do too much damage because the flipped piece was a small painting (which hopefully explains how I managed to accidentally flip it) but seriously?! Anyway, I’ve always loved the subtle gray variations on a gray day, which happens almost every morning in the part of LA I live in…a “marine layer” that usually quickly burns off, but was clearly not going to today so thought I’d take advantage of it and see what I could come up with. It’s quite a challenge, but at least I’m making progress.
B came home from his Thai lessons late and we got a late start trolling for a location and I was just about ready to give up driving around to find a spot when I was rewarded with these magically backlit trees on this hill. Shortly after, the light was gone and so was the magic.