Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Painting flowers, glass and cast shadows turned into quite a challenge! 
All the colors and value changes within the vase and the shadow. The 
cast shadow required a lot of scraping/wiping and re-evaluating and redoing. 
The set-up had a deep red backdrop but I was hopeless in making the 
transparency in the shadow relate to it while keeping the background pushed 
back. The apple came easily without my usual tendency to massage and 
describe and the area above it to the right was so much fun---massive amounts 
of dark green paint brushed one stroke at a time on top of already thick light 
paint. In the end, out of frustration with the background, I turned away from 
the setup and tried to concentrate on what the painting needed to organize the 
space. Is that cheating?

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