One painting a day since October 12, 2005, lessons and Elin's Color System. The writings behind the creation of each daily painting by this well-known oil and acrylic painter with three books out by Walter Foster Publishing and instructional DVDs on painting and color. Studio pieces and smaller works for collectors and friends, too.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Apr 3 - Two Paintings Come Back Together
Source Material for these paintings
Still slogging through taxes right now, but will see the light tomorrow, well before the appointment on Thursday.
In the garden, the raised beds are full of winter veggies such as spreckles lettuce and carrots, and kale. That's bouganvilla on the fence holding back the green Preserve behind the place.
The lambs are growing, the corn and squash are popping in the big garden, and there are pingpong-ball-sized green tomatoes on the heirloom Stupice plant.
Spring is definitely here!
April 5 - Conversion in The Two Paintings
Fourth Pass - Now it's time to use "gradation" in the larger areas for interest. Fun with the acrylics, dry and ready to assimilate more layers. With a palette knife and some moldling paste mixed into the pigment, I had fun putting in the distant flowering trees in the orchard at the end of the pasture.
Gradation is when a passage of color is made more interesting by the addition of closely related values and hues to break up the larger shape. There are many ways to do this, and using a palette knife is only one.
Note that there STILL are no details! Please squint your eyes to see that the values and design hold together without them. The upper (warm ground) painting has more contrast at this point, and I'm pleased with both of them.