Monday, January 17, 2011
RAVENS READY TO FLY + SHAKER STILL LIFE, NEXT STAGE
The ravens are done and ready to fly. With the drastic crop, the size is now 15" x 17.5" on Arches 140# cold press watercolor paper. I'm not crazy about them (perhaps I need to focus on just one or two birds at a time).
And here is where the Shaker Still Life stands right now. I won't leave that corn that washy (I hear you, Susan R.), but boy, I like the way the corn looks right now and have to figure out how to get it more finished looking without losing the fresh look - but it has to tie in with the rest of the painting which is more finished looking.
I went back in with a big puddle and a big flat brush using Lunar Black and some browns - covered the whole "black" area and then darkened the shadow shapes on the table, too. Now it's smoother, less brush strokes showing.
Some Quinacridone Burnt Orange on the churn helped to redden it up a bit - with a bit of Quinacridone Gold at the bottom and a tad more French Ultramarine Blue on the bottom and top pieces going around (don't know what that's called or my brain can't retrieve the word right now). I toned down the yellow look of the onions with Raw Sienna and some Cerulean Blue in places. And I went back over the table to get more woody looking areas.
I have a feeling this is a Deb Ward painting (i.e., you work a bit here and there, slowly building up colors and values), which isn't my style at all but sometimes you just get into something that takes time and thought.
To keep me from going too crazy with the fiddly bits, I've begun another raven painting - loose with lots of color.
Posted by RH Carpenter