This is a $2 bouquet that I threw into the sun and tried to capture before it went down soon after.
This was done from what turned out to be one of the photos that worked for a painting from my San Fran trip. I like the pinks in the shadows and the slivers of light peeking through from around the corner, the dark alizarinish tree with a pink blossom tree next to it.
I caught this woman at the market. I liked her hat, the flowers, the citrus stand…but what it’s ultimately about is the contrast of the guy in sun vs. the woman just getting a touch of it on her hat. It’s challenging to make the bright colors seem like they are in shadow. Here’s my process if you’re interested:
First, I used sky blue acrylic to tone the board. Then I drew in the basic composition with ochre.
Here’s where the tone really helps–I like it already…and it’s hard to keep going with it without losing the freshness.
This was close to finished, but I tweaked a number of small things…see if you can tell…
So here is my humble little dining area. I’ve had the wooden table for almost 30 years. The chairs that came with it broke or got thrown at/by my ex, but that was a long time ago. Then we got new chairs. The bowl is made in Thailand (bought within a mile of here)–a foreshadowing of Bert. I have paintings everywhere and so it’s hard to keep them out of the painting. I painted the area mustard color when I thought I was “an autumn” but now that I know better, I wouldn’t have. I like the way the light is bouncing off the table and it sort of reminds me of Van Gogh. The pom poms are still looking good and there’s that bottle of wine we bought a month ago and never opened.