Still Life Update

I am currently in what we painters call the “dead coloring” stage of the painting. Shadows are established, then the lightest light. This gives me a value scale that contextualizes the rest of the painting and dictates what colors I will choose in later layers.

I really like the hues in this setup. The delicate brown-orange of the bottle are in nice contrast to the high chroma green cloth. The hardest part of painting is balancing the intensity of a color. Sometimes it looks too flat, or worse, too bright! The further I go, the less forgiving my mistakes will be, so this dead coloring stage will take me a few weeks.

I use color isolators to help me. They are basically two swatches of grey cardstock I have put a hole-punch through. If I want to check myself, I look through the hole and isolate the area on the setup I am trying to paint. Then I hold the other card up at the same time to my painting. If it is way off, I’ll see it immediately. Wipe off, try again. It is all in the beginning! My palette choices and my vision have to be set before I start, or I will merely fumble and spend time reacting to mistakes.

I’d rather go slow and steady, owning every single one of my choices. Sip and paint this ain’t. 😉

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