Worked on the faces, and also some of the wall.
A Quiet Evening In Cambridge, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
I worked on this for quite a while today, cleaning up little places here and there, creating form, adding color (mostly the reddish-brown thin edges on the poured chocolate sauce), and graduating shadows on the plate. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now.
I've been slowly building the values from dark to light on the vines. They still need some mid-tones, some lighter colors (mostly in the form of sunlit yellows) and some bluish-white highlights. Here's this morning's work:
I needed to change the palette a bit to reflect my own take on things, so I added some yellows and blues in the sky, and brightened up the landscape.
I am really sorry I chose to work on this one last piece late this afternoon, because I have nothing in the house to eat that's anything like this, and working on it makes me hungry for a piece of dark, delicious chocolate cake.
I picked out the crumbly texture with the tiny tips of brushes.
I lightened up some of the shadowy areas that were just a bit too dark, and diffused the edges. I don't think I need to do anything more to the sidewalk or the wall. The tree, the sign post, and the woman with her shopping bags are all that's left.
I've resurrected this painting from the back of the stack in the studio, and spent the last hour or so adding very thin, very dark green shadows on the tile edges. After it all dries, I'll work on integrating them more subtlely with the more natural green of the tiles themselves.
I have an artist friend who does the most beautiful, effortless-looking landscapes, and I've long wanted to be able to paint like her. She was generous enough to share her palette with me, and since I wanted to do the next painting in the vineyard series with a sky color other than blue, I thought I'd try her colors. Unfortunately, while it's working harmoniously, and does resemble her work, it doesn't look anything like mine. I may have to mix in some different greens.
I feel like I'm making progress on some of the faces in the room. They're harder to paint well than I would have thought. Am also adding a chair to the table in the foreground so it doesn't look like the write is sitting alone.
I can't tell if this is truly hideous and I should just stop, or if there's something there to build on. I've lost the original reference I used when I started it, so I'm having to go with my instincts. I'd like to have a thin edge of glowing red around the leaves but am afraid that would kill their spontaneity.
Also, since I've actually finished a couple of pieces lately, it seems okay to start another vineyard painting:
I've been taking a break from three or four of the more complicated genre paintings, but it's time to start working on them again. Everything I did today was on the patrons in the booths and chairs.
Specials Of The Day, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
It seemed like a good time to change things up and get back to something I haven't worked on for a while. This little piece needs a lot of work yet, but at least I got started with the lace doily, which is complicated and detailed. There are also a million tiny textural lines on the tablecloth to paint in very carefully.
This dessert was photographed at an outdoor restaurant and the lighting cast a strange red glow over everything; the cake's shadow on the tabletop, in fact, was a deep red. I'm not sure how to handle that. Should I stick with the red or would it look too weird? Going with the standard grey for now.
After spending the morning updating my website (which I've been ignoring for the last three weeks), I played with mixing some new greens and making the sky less anemic.Veramar Vineyard, Virginia Vineyard Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
It seems like I've angered the techie gods lately; there's always some time-eating problem that has to be solved. I had to get into this blog today through a kind of back-door solution, but here's the latest work on:
I was working on this when the power went out. It's back on now but I'm just going to take a break as it's late in the afternoon. I'm trying to mix greens that don't look artificial; sometimes that's a struggle for me.
868 Estate Winery, Virginia Vineyard Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
It turns out that floating a layer of glazing medium or Gamsol over the tabletop and then pulling streaks of brown or earth red through it produces a quick and believable wood grain. Which is of great benefit when you have so many other pieces to get to.
This still needs work on the whipped cream and the spoon. And the plate.
This one is so close to being done, so close! But I need to let the edge of the plate dry so I can refine it and then add a bluish-white highlight to the upper right side. Taking a break now from the tedium of using a 000 brush.
Once in a while you have to cut loose and do something that's not so terribly serious. This is a cat who lived with me long ago. I think the background's too somber for her, though; she was a great cat.
Bruce The Cat, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Tightening up on some rough areas on this one:
For Rent, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
And some more detail on the bushes/trees/grassy areas:
A Bend In The Green River, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
I tried some new things on this—worked on the pleated attire and shoes; darkened the woman's legs and really tried to make them 3-dimensional; changed a lot on the side wall; it looks like progress so far. But I have more ideas about those shadows, particularly as they recede from the trees.
Hubby likes to refer to this one as "The Italian Girl." (It's a family in joke.) Anyway— after realizing there were some problems with the window frames, and a final pass on the hands, I spent the last couple of hours working on this and now it's finished!
The Promise Of Evening, © 2020 (click on image for larger view)
Forgot to post these yesterday:
Needs a bright white highlight at upper right, near the plate; a last pass on those green rings.
Two Spoons, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Picked out the tiny white highlights on the water spots; added some detail to the spoons.