Wednesday, January 19, 2011

COOL ON WARM

10x8, oil, $120.00
Thought I would try my hand again with a rose.  I enjoyed painting the warm background against the cool pale yellows, blues and whites of the rose.  I found myself focusing on the vase and leaves more than the rose itself.  The light was a incandescent with a fluorescent.  I directed it more directly over head and found that it flooded the soft pedal of the rose and washed away color and shadows in the rose, but still cast a nice shadow on the background.  I loved the play of the green leaves against the warm red.  

What is fun about painting almost everyday is the chance to just try things.  Tomorrow is another day and another painting with new things to try.  Taking info from today will always benefit tomorrow.

Before I started today I read a little about values and light in a book from my self called "Problem Solving for oil Painters", by Gregg Kreutz.  I loved reading this in the chapter on light,"The thing to remember is that you're not really painting a green apple, you're painting light hitting an apple.  The apples existence is revealed by the light".  So light is everything...



  

4 comments:

Kim VanDerHoek said...

The touches of purple you found in the shadows of the rose petals is such a nice addition to this lovely painting.

Kathy Cousart said...

Beautiful- the light played a big part in the decisions you made...love it!

Kelley Sanford said...

Light is everything is so right, Dori. You handled this beautifully. Love the cool against that yummy warm background.

Gwen Bell said...

Love both of these Rose paintings. They are so different from each other but each so beautiful in their own way!