My husband replaced some boards on our twenty plus year old fence the other day. It occurred to me that those nicely aged pieces of wood might make an interesting surface to set up still lifes on. It didn't take too much arm twisting to convince him to let me keep a few. When I found them stacked next to the recycle bin I thought he had forgotten my request. A little disappointed, I grab a few and took them inside only to find a couple hours later several pieces he had neatly stacked in the studio/shed.
How exciting! The tulips are in at Central Market. Since I started daily painting, February has transformed. It used to be a cold, dark month to endure. Now it's a bright, colorful month to look forward to, all because of the humble tulip. Who am I kidding? Tulips are not humble at all.
Okay! My first attempt at a regular still life outside of the workshop using some of the ideas I learned. I have to mention that teapot and I are no longer friends. I painted it, and repainted it, and repainted it, and repainted it. Then I gave up. :( Moving on....
A few more studies from the workshop. Usually I try to paint just the colors I see. Every once in awhile I'd like to be a little more expressive. I'm optimistic that the principles I learned in the class will give me the foundation to be a little more playful with color.
Egg with Warm Light Source Study
Oil on Canvas
How does the temperature of light effect what you're seeing? Everything painted in a warm light like direct sunlight or your typical indoor bulb will have warm highlights and cool shadows. That is the hightlights will lean toward warmer colors such as yellow, orange and red. The shadows will lean toward cool colors such as blue, green and purple. Keep in mind that this is all relative. And that is where it gets confusing. For cool light, like the light on a cloudy day or the typical fluorescent bulb, your highlights will be cool and the shadows warm. Can you see why I took a class on this? :)
Inspired by the gorgeous paintings of my dear friend Janice Kirstein, I recently attend an excellent workshop on painting in cool light/warm light. The workshop was taught by the amazing duo of Janice and a her friend Pat Clayton. I came away with a much better understanding of this challenging subject. Also, I finally feel I can take this knowledge and successfully push the colors of my paintings if I want to.
Mandarin painted with a "warm" light source.
The same mandarin painted with a "cool" light source.
I hope they teach this workshop again because I want to go back!