Wednesday, December 01, 2010

"Cherry Christmas" - SOLD


This one just worked out. I really like so many things about it. So much, I even managed to get it in my book. One of my "kids" asked me once, a couple of years ago, how to paint gold. I said "gold is hard - but just paint what you see." She said "don't get cheeky with me" or something to that effect. Here's a better, updated answer:
Painting metal is often about contrast. There are usually large value jumps between the darks and lights (ex. top edge of gift). A look into metal is basically a very compressed view of what's around it. It's best to squint a lot, and compare each value to everything else - not just what's right next to it.

21 comments:

Linda Popple said...

LOVE it!!

Steve Washburn said...

What a delightful painting!! Thank you for adding what to look for and how to look also.

carol morgan carmichael said...

Incredible painting!

FCP said...

Wow, Carol, this one certainly "did work out" - It is a lovely painting, and you are right, there are So Many Things To Like About It! As for your diplomatic, updated answer, I have to giggle, because the only way anyone would really think PAINTING WHAT YOU SEE is a "cheeky response" is if they don't quite get just how difficult it is to do just that. Clearly it is a lifelong pursuit for most of us, otherwise we would all be cranking out fabulous paintings all the time. Great story though.

Becky Brocato said...

Love it! The value changes and contrasts are wonderful. Love those little cherries.

Hope Cunningham Daily Paintings said...

Love Love Love it! Just a perfect little gem. So glad to hear about your new book. I will order it right away!

Elaine Hurst said...

Love it! I love the intense colors and the way the gold reflects the colors around the package. Wonderful!

Liza Hirst said...

I agrre - this painting has it all and the gold turned out just perfect!
Well, everything turned out perfect.

Amber L. Bailey said...

This may be one of my favorites yet! Great job Carol. I need to get your latest book too.

Anita Tresslar said...

This is a wonderful little painting. I just love contrats in the package.

Sharon said...

Just love this one Carol! I ordered your book for myself for Christmas -you know -from Santa!!

Mike Moyers said...

WOW. Very nice. Loved the story. That bow would have driven me crazy. Great reflections. What a gift.

lupus said...

Perfect Colors and light values.
Elke Schulz, Germany

Virginia Floyd said...

Really awesome, Carol! Beautiful colors and contrasts!

Connolly Portraits said...

LOVE THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shirley fachilla said...

Oh such colors! Couldn't get any richer. And I love that zing of turquoise blue in the center of the bow. But then I love the red and the purple and the yellow, too.

Elizabeth Blaylock said...

This painting is too rich for words!!! I really want that present!

Lisa Daria said...

Beautiful - AND I just got your new book - I LOVE IT!!!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Slammin' color vibrations in this beauty...oh and I've heard that cheeky saying before ;)

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Ditto what Mary said about slammin' color vibrations, not to mention brilliantly effective values. Heh, I see this one is causing an all out bidding war on Ebay, gotta love that! (:

The Rose said...

I love how you can tell that the present it like a shining gold paper! The charies just match.