Thursday, July 19, 2007

Still Life with Hand Blown Bottle

Still Life with Hand Blown Bottle
Oil on Panel
Raw Umber, French Ultramarine and Titanium White

I don't think this is nearly as cool dominated as it appears in this photo, but I am at a huge disadvantage as far as fixing it because I don't have any decent image editing programs on this computer. I believe the original is actually darker than it appears here, but that is hard to tell since the gamma on this computer is also much different than mine. With that being said, let me leave the excuses behind and move on.

Still playing with the same two colors plus white, I got a very different painting than before. I went ahead and let the blue be as cool as I could get on the lantern so I could make the lid on the little jar very warm in comparison. I had to sacrifice some warmth on the base of the lantern to show the warm on the lid. It would have been easier to just grab a warmer color and go for it, but that wasn't the point of this painting exercise.

Probably the most important breakthrough for me was leaving some of my brush strokes lay where they landed. I admit I fiddled. I just didn't fiddle as much and even though they are not as accurate, they are not the disaster mud pie I have created in the past.

I think I am going to swap colors next time and pick something besides the blue. These are not the most amazing paintings, but they are powerful learning tools. When I do return to a full color painting, I will have much more information on my belt when choosing colors.

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