I'm still trying to conquer that very wet-in-wet and juicy style Charles Reid has mastered. It ain't easy!
I haven't started cussing yet but I'm getting close, especially with this set-up where it's supposed to be very dark behind the objects but bleed the shadow shapes into the background on the left (shadow) side. Hard to control all that water and I'm getting the values too light. It's all about paint to water ratio and how you can (or can't) control it.
My first two efforts are pitiful. Lots of bleeding and blossoms and I only got the background dark in the 2nd try (bottom) by using Prussian Blue instead of Cobalt and once it's dried, it's on there (no lifting or blending).
I'm blending the background too much - no variety in the colors (I'm trying to stick to 4 colors - a red, a blue, a yellow and a green for the lime if the original 3 colors can't make a good green).
Traded the Prussian for Cobalt Blue instead so no staining but some granulation - which is okay. Too much separation of colors in the background on this one.
And finally began again with Cobalt Blue, Quinacridone Rose and Yellow Ochre and a bit of Sap Green for the lime.
This painting is fresher but the background is no where near as dark as it needs to be. I could go back in the background only and play with that (he did that on the DVD, going back to darken and drop in colors over and over), but I think I'll leave it at this. The splatters were done out of pure frustration at the end when I realized that the background was drying too light. If I'm going to leave it this way (and I think I will), I should go in with some touches of darks in the pot and lime to tie the darks together more.
Now I'm going to watch this part of the DVD again and carefully think about what he's doing that I'm not doing. These "assignments" are just going to get more detailed and complicated as the DVDs go on so I'd better get this before moving on to the next painting. (I do like the pencil and the lime in this one but that little pot drives me crazy.)