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Monday, June 4, 2012

Spiders and Stripes

Spiders and Stripes

8x6in  oil on canvas  $125. SOLD

This one was inspired by the new Daily Paintworks Challenge.
The Stripe Challenge. Once again the fabulous Carol Marine
came up with a fun challenge.
I was tempted to use the one in yesterday's blog because it had a
small striped vase, but in the spirit of the challenge I painted this.

Artist Note.

I am loving painting these spider mums. They are so
full of movement.

I was asked what colors I use in my white shadows.
I always am influenced by the color of the light.
If it is warm then I add a little bit of yellow in my white mixture.
*Remember to always add white to each color to get them
to the correct value BEFORE mixing them together
Warm light produces cool shadows - see below.

I use compliments for shadows.
Ultra Bl/orange+white
Cool colors dominate in mixture

Cool light produces warm shadows- see below.

Same mixtures as above but with
the warm color dominating
I often use a yellow green and rust
or yellow green and cool pink.

The main thing to look out for is the surrounding colors. White absorbs
the color of its neighbor. In the Spider and Stripes painting above
I used some of the mixture from the glass in the shadows.
My light source was warm.
Hope this helps, Carol.

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Karen. Loved your girl on the beach.

  2. beautiful painting. i love your style.

    1. Thank you Diane. Your art is very creative. I like it a lot.

  3. Thank you, thank you. This is such good information!

  4. VERY nice, Julie! I like how you can see the stripes through the vase. Beautiful light, and colors as well.

    1. Well, thank you Hilda. I made the colors more muted in this one to make it different from yesterdays.

  5. I can't believe you do paintings of such complexity it one sitting. The way the light falls on the objects and through the glass vase is really wonderful.

    1. Thanks LS. They do not happen quickly that is for sure, but they do happen in one go.

  6. Lovely painting. Really like your brushstrokes. Love all the colours you have incorporated and the vase is excellent.

  7. Lovely complements - thank you, Amanda.
    Your work is excellent also.

  8. Thanks Myra, love your pencil series.


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