First pass on a white still life with lime. This is an exercise in painting close values. Pretty much everything is squeezed into a narrow value range which means a lot of simplifying and judging relationships. I’m feeling good about it so far – hopefully I won’t throw it all away tomorrow.
I’m officially abandoning the 30 in 30 watercolor challenge. I wasn’t particularly thrilled with what was going on and my enthusiasm was waning so I’m back on the oils for a bit. Today was another of Paul Foxton’s rose references.
A few intermediates.
I did a little more work on this study. The right hand rose needed some work on form and more contrast and I sharpened up edges here and there. Don’t think I went too far but it’s close.
It’s been a while since I’ve had the oils out. They don’t feel quite as unwieldy as they used to and this was a great session. I’ll probably do a little more to this one although probably not too much.
After the values are all blocked in
After all the edges have been softened. We then went back in and sharpened up some areas to bring contrast and definition.
Side by side with the reference.
Well this was fun. I learned a lot here. The subject was a lime wedge against different colored backgrounds. In the end I used pretty much the same colors for the wedge itself but the background (obviously) and the foreground and reflection changed color. In particular that reflection, even though it looks yellow/orange is in real life a pure grey. Who’d have thought? In hindsight I should have known as a yellow reflection on a gray background will result in a neutral gray!
Here’s a closeup of the result
Two limited palette studies. The left hand one is with quin magenta, cadmium yellow, cobalt teal. The right hand one is with naphthol red, cadmium lemon and winsor blue (green shade). Really surprised how close the colors are between the two sets.
This one is with the Zorn palette of cadmium red (actually naphthol), yellow ochre and black. Lovely muted colors and really surprised how blue that pot looks with only ivory black and white.
Version one of the blue pot with a limited palette. Colors used were winsor blue (green shade), cadmium lemon and naphthol red. I chose these to have the best chance of hitting the blue and the orange and hoped the rest would work out. Pretty happy.
The ex members of Paul Foxton’s Threads are carrying on with monthly exercises and this month’s is ‘limited palette’. I’m going to introduce color for the next one but wanted to start with a value study first. Pretty tricky – there are a lot of close values in there
Today was the final session in Paul Foxton’s Threads group and it was a bit sad as I’ve enjoyed these livestreams and Paul’s teaching enormously. I put extra effort in on this study and I think it paid off. Many thanks to Paul and I wish him all the best.
Still brushing up my oil skills. This time with another of Paul Foxton’s livestreams.