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Monday, May 05, 2014

Oil Painting lesson with Gregory Smith - Day 3

This is the second session on this one.

First, I lifted the horizon a bit higher to give it a recessive space, and made a blue bottle skinnier.
Then, I did some more details on each objects.

Two bottles and a porcelain are on my own, but, I really struggled with a pumpkin.

Pomegranates (I finally got their names) were ok, but, Greg put deep cooler red at the bottom, and it really made a difference.
With a pumpkin, he first laid warm Red and Yellow in the middle, and cooler ones towards its top.
And then, strong mixture of Burnt Sienna, Yellow and a bit of White, always keeping in mind that it's a round object.
Boom! it's getting there, although its top area should be going down. It's a bit pointy at the moment.

"What is colour?", he asks.
"Colour is a temperature of light."

This simple but elegant understanding of the nature of colour, therefore, light, is really a key to painting.

"Which is warmer or cooler?"
"Which is lighter or darker?"
"What is the biggest difference?"

Painting is really a conversation with our inner self.

Work in progress. 16 x 20 in.

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