Tried apples again this weekend and this was the better of the two. The
"idea" was to get back to basics: use fewer strokes, choose complementaries
for the set-up (red/green(turquoise) and yellow/purple) This has more
life and vibrancy than the past two apple paintings. I think. I was torn
between continuing work in a series or moving onto different subject matter.
My problem with apples is that I believe I know what they look like so I stop
really looking. I do see and put in the cool reflective shadows in lavendar and
green, then my brain tells me "that's impossible" so I blend them into the
warm colors. This time, I tried to leave them alone. What I need to focus on
next is figuring out the value dominance thing Carol Marine talks about. While,
of course, committing to fewer strokes and remembering to trust the colors
that appear to be impossible. I'm also going to work on just "suggesting" objects
instead of rendering them . . . something I always start out doing and realize
in progress, that I've reverted back to being too literal and rendering.