This is a blog about painting: specifically, representational fine art, generally, using oil paint. I think a lot about what I'm doing, and those thoughts about subject matter, technique, influences, frustrations and delights all show up here. It's all about the journey.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
The Universe Conspires Against Me
Suffice it to say that numerous interruptions over the last few days, not the least of which was a power outage due to high wind gusts, have kept me out of the studio. No light = no painting!
Today I was able to get down there for only an hour before needing to run out of the house again, but I did have a minor epiphany. A couple of days ago, I'd seen an article about the importance of getting the values right in a painting, and god knows what a hard time I have with values! Anyway, it occurred to me that I might be able to use Gamblin's Transparent Black in some places that needed to go just a shade darker, so I tried it on the flower bouquets in L. Hones. It worked wonderfully! I was able to darken some tiny areas, and that produces a more realistic sense of lighting now.