Tuesday, November 13, 2007

"Golden Blue" --- SOLD

So I thought - if I can make a light painting as light as it needs to be (see previous posts), can I do the same with a dark painting? And this is how I came to tackle these glowing yellow apples. I'm happy with them. I especially like the little bit of teal at the bottom right. This is the kind of thing that just happens. I can sometimes spend an hour fiddling with a still life and never get a nice moment like this, and sometimes, like today, it just happens and I go with it. It's magic, and so far I haven't figured out how to make it happen every day.


dave said...

i think you are being unnecessarily hard on yourself about the light issue, I've just looked at some of your older paintings and I think you handle light as well as dark passages really well,you make your colours glow. I think this may be bacause of your caution over the use of white which lightens but pales whereas light colours lighten and remain bright.


A Painting A Day by Diana Marshall said...

I agree with the above comments, I am having trouble finding the right colours to use for the shady parts of a yellow flower, my shade looks muddy, and not at all fresh, your yellow apples look great.. sigh.

dave said...

I think darkening yellow is a challenge; I use mix a gentle violet into more of the same yellow, in theory this darkens without turning it green or brown.