Last week, before we left for the weekend, I had one of those moments where one needs to paint. Time for it or not. When viewing this work of three carnations, I do wonder, was I feeling warm and high? This is a very high key paintings full of softness and warmth. To me, it matters not what it is.
I was painting emotion.
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This is one view of the lake we visited in northern California.
One day next year, I will be in one of the three boats!
Before arriving at the lake, we drove through Lassen National Park.
Here is your reminder of what a dry year we are having.
This is the south side.
Not a speck of snow and you are looking at at least 10,000 feet.
The Daily Paintworks Challenge this week is to paint using value, not color, as the defining element. So I was looking at value only and picking a color that was not a "lemon" color. Just value. So difficult. I think I did not get my light light enough but shapes I saw.
Here is the progression of my day in class yesterday. The bottom photo is the original where you can see my notan and the strong lines of the structure. Done well but boring.
The middle photo is how I attempted to destroy boring by color. I got a very tropical feeling while using lots of color. Value mattered, not which color. And I really brought out the window that attracted me in the first place.
The top photo is number three and the most successful one. It is the most sunlit which was an important element and very difficult to capture. It has the strongest lines, the least effort. It just happened. Trial and error pays great dividends.
Number two interested me because when I added the third pear I got such a strong straight line going down the left side of the pears. This is a good contrast to the curvy lines and fulness of that pear on the right. The question remained about strong values. Lights light enough?
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So a high key painting results from the above question. These lights are light! Here I am getting more of the juicy feeling that comes with pears. Love the play of warm and cool.
I am on a mission to clean up the studio. Great summer project and this guy has been hanging around too long. Every so often I put another coat on him, freshening him up but now he needs to go the the Daily Paintworks Auction.
this week is to paint a lion. The moderator chose a very straightforward photo of a large and powerful lion. What a challenge. I painted and painted, then I scrapped it away and looked again. What remained after scrapping was much stronger that my original full of effort work. Just a few palette knife strokes and I left it alone. Tremendous learning experience.