I have been wanting to do value studies in a monochrome way for a while and this 30 in 30 challenge has inspired to actually do it. The top one is a bunch of Oriental Lillys that I am going to paint or sketch while they are in this state up until they bloom. The second one is a set of those 'market flowers' that have the subtle pinks and are usually part of a bouquet. The last one is looking down at a carnation. Hope you enjoy.
This is the first pastel I have included in the 30 in 30 challenge. I have been working in oils and have enjoyed it immensely but I felt like visiting my pastel box today. This is 100% pastel. The underpainting was done using pastel with water and a brush. After letting that dry I applied more pastels to the top.
I love this one. The contrast between the values, and that vase make me very happy. This photo for the most part is correct but there is a bit of blue outside the window pane, and on the tips of a few petals that are not showing up here for some reason.
If you know me and my love of art history, you know I am fond of the impressionists. This painting had an impressionistic feel from the beginning and I love how it turned out. It seems as though the colors are pure and the most important and the objects are in a somewhat dreamy state. I hope you like it.
Notes: Things I'm learning in the 30 in 30 challenge.
1 To make checklists of things I repeatedly do such as posting art to my blog.
2 To finish all parts of a painting before showing it to the public.
3 Never throw away a perfectly good canvas with a perfectly bad painting on it.
Reuse it and many times the new painting benefits from the old color below.
4 Photograph your painting in good light and save to a card. Then go to the computer
and look at it. There is something about looking at the painting on the computer that
will alert you to things you may not have seen otherwise. Hipefully, it is an easy fix.
Also bring your actual painting in to compare with the image on your computer and adjust
it to look as much like the painting as possible. Sometimes the coloring on the camera
photo is too cool and it does not look like the actual painting, for example.
Never enhance the picture of your painting to look different from the painting, we all
know this can be done with all the picture apps out there today. If you are putting
your painting out there on the web to sell it, it needs to look like what the purchaser
will be getting, get it? Haha... happy painting.