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Monday, April 28, 2014

Oil Painting lesson with Gregory Smith - Day 2

After two week break, I started a new painting today.

Main subject of this one is a pumpkin, and I had arranged two bottles to make it more interesting.
And then, Greg suggested that I should put one more dark porcelain on the left to counterbalance its right side.
It's very interesting to see how it changes the whole composition.

After initial Raw Umber sketch, he told me to put some colours on the subjects. I was focusing too much on getting things right with Raw Umber, and I think this is his way of telling me to get basic colour scheme right quicker.

Towards the end of session, he put a bright orange on a pumpkin which is the main feature, and he blurred the edges of two fruits ( I don't remember what they're called, not apples ).
I still seem to have a bad habit of drawing. We can't see those edges in reality, but our brain still interferes, and the painting will end up looking very flat.

It was great to go back to the studio.

Work in progress. 16 x 20 in.

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