Plein air with the SD Plein Air Painters - Saturday. A pastel - 11 x 14 at Swami's. It was a beautiful day!
Monday, December 30, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
This is a larger format than I usually paint (30x24). I have quite a few large canvases but haven't had the time to get something going. By that I mean all that is involved, deciding what to paint, working on the composition and then taking the time to paint it. I really had to think about it. Which ended up being a very rich learning experience. I knew the flowers would only last about a week so I got them into pretty good shape in the first week. (see below). But I didn't like the composition, the brass cup was too far away from the vase. I then added the apple in front of the brass cup. This makes the composition come together better. I also needed to work on the values all over the place. Rule of thumb, your lightest light in shadow should be darker than your darkest dark in light. So I made some adjustments there. I could probably still find some that need work if I look hard but this is good for now. then I worked on the background, the last think I did was the foreground and the highlight on the apple.