Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sunlit Poppies

Sunlit Poppies/ oil on board. 5 x 7/
The end of our winter is close. However, it has been icey, cold, dark, wet and difficult to get light into the studio. I came across this image from last year's poppies and worked on creating the warmth and the glow that I felt when I remembered this day.
This mood and desire to paint this feeling also resonates with the workshop that I am leading this Saturday. How to teach "how to paint bright light and glow."... I can hardly wait.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Working on Reds

I wanted the feeling of these poppies in sunlight.  The mistake I continue to make is to lighten the light-facing parts of the flowers. However, lightening makes the red color and pushes that part of the flower away. Notice here that the light-facing areas are warmer (yellower) reds and the shadowed parts are cooler (pink or purple). Also I loved adding the bright warm greens i the final grasses and the bright blues in the centers of the poppies.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Repainted Sunny Glow

Here is another "repaint". As you can see, my objective is still working on color questions: light, glow, vibration.
If you are also interested in color and light, you might want to join my workshop on February 20 at Blount Bridgers in Tarboro. Using food as our subject, to celebrate the exhibition by Hobson Pittman, we will explore the rules that express types of illumination in painting.