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Monday, March 02, 2015

Oil Painting lesson with Gregory Smith - Day6

Today, I focused on the figurine. It's a tiny one, and it's very difficult to see it. 
Obviously I can't do any details, so I tried to get overall shape right.

I really struggled. I've found very difficult to resist temptation of drawing elements in the figure.
Greg showed me how to get a big shape right by focusing on tonal difference.

Then he told me a tin pot started to look too flat. I forgot to consider its vertical tonal shift, not just its horizontal tonal shift. Now it looks bulging from top to bottom.

After that, I did foreground and background. I'm happy with its background, but, he told me that the foreground now looks too warm yellow, and I need to make it a bit lighter.

I didn't do anything about flowers today. He told me to leave them for a moment, and do some more detailed work on the rest of the subjects next time.

We'll have a two week break, and there are two more sessions in this term.

Work in progress. 16 x 20 in.

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