Saturday, November 5, 2011
8x6in oil on canvas board 100.
After doing the small studies of the roses outdoors, I took a deep breath and set up a still life. Keeping in mind I still had to follow Qiang Huang's teachings and remembering to use the brush and knife, I painted the shapes first in their local colors using the brush. That was the easy part. Qiang emphasizes that an artist has to paint the light and not the object. This is the basis of his beautiful paintings. I found it helped me to examine the shadows and try and gauge the way values/colors are before they turn into the light. Looking at the shadows provides exactly the same emphasis on the light, just a different approach which works better for me...I think! Still learning so not absolutely sure.
The palette knife was used to apply thicker paint for texture and mushing the edges where they needed it.
I am a painter living in Las Cruces, NM. After many years as an illustrator I turned to fine art to develop my own artistic voice. I currently teach talented and enthusiastic artists in oil, acrylic and egg tempera painting. I am also a member of the Artist Guild of Southern New Mexico.