Friday, August 03, 2007

"Peekaboo" --- SOLD

Every once in a while I finish a painting, step back, and can't believe I did it. This is one. It's funny too because when I was framing it with my viewfinder, I wasn't crazy about the composition. I'm glad I painted it anyway. I'm really happy with it. It seems - sophisticated, though I'm not sure why I feel that way.

Speaking of viewfinders - I highly recommend using them. Mine are just small peices of cardboard with holes cut in them. It's important to get the proportions right, and the holes should be relatively small (my 6x8 is a couple inches wide) so you can get exactly what you want framed in it. It REALLY helps with composing, and really cripples your process if you don't - you end up guessing where things go instead of planning it out. I'm all for planning.


Dean H. said...

'Sophisticated' is right! I've watched your blog for quite a while & love your work...this one has moved me to comment. This painting has great mystery in the darks. wonderful control of edges, and masterful reflections on the cup.

Bravo, Dean

Tracy Wall said...

I agree with Dean about the reflections, simply beautiful. Also, the contrast between the lighted/shadowed lemon. The lighted has a lovely shape.
RE: viewfinders I like to pop out a poor image of a slide and use the slide frame. May need to modify if you need a different proportion.

Jeff Mahorney said...

Dark yellows may me want to pull my hair out, but you handled it with ease. Beautiful.

Re: viewfinders...
If it helps, I jusy love my viewcatcher:
It's adjustable and has a hole in the middle that I use as a color isolator.