Last Saturday we went to the Farmer's Market where I bought these blue-black plums. I intended to eat them after painting but I think I waited too long. Once again I used a preliminary drawing to establish my composition and value structure. I think that my paintings are much more solid than in the past. Glorious day today...couldn't be better...cool and sunny...although I worked with a light source in the studio I allowed some of sunlight to penetrate the room which accounted for a beautiful bluish tint to everything.
Here is another painting that I reworked. Sometimes I have a tendency to become too complicated and that muddies the image for me. In this one I simplified and squinted and really assessed before painting each stroke.
Last weeks challenge on DPW was to paint a light bulb and this was my entry. I just let myself enjoy the colors and shapes. I have to admit that painting a light bulb is much more difficult than it would seem logical. I bought this gorgeous orange cloth yesterday and had to use it for a backdrop. I enjoy using intense color.
The surface that I am painting on is a very smooth linen panel, and it feels very different. The paint has a mind of its own soI really had to work at keeping control. Once again I did a preliminary drawing and focused on light, medium and dark value areas. I felt successful in this area.
I have been creating a preliminary drawing for each painting before I begin to paint. It allows me to breathe a little, to evaluate, and then to carefully map out a composition and a value struture before I begin with paint.