Monday, February 18, 2008

1st change - 2nd painting


Okay, I said I wasn't going to publish the picture I'm using as a basis for my new painting again. And technically, I'm not. It's a different picture. I have decided to shift the view I'm painting downward - to show more of the harbor and foreground and less of the sky. To me, the reflections in the harbor are more interesting than the relatively washed out sky. Plus, the plant which is lower right, in profile, gives better balance to the overall piece. It establishes a triangle of interesting points in the painting - the boat, the sunlit wall and the backlit plant. And, of course, the reflections contained within that triangle.

The black and white photo is there to help establish the light and dark values for the underpainting. When it's done, the B&W will be replaced by the color shot sitting on the easel. And the painting will become colorful. Hopefully, nicely colorful.

6 comments:

Nicole said...

Interesting!
I never knew you had to do a b/w first :D
I'm exited :D!!

LceeL said...

Nicole: It isn't really necessary to do the B&W print first - it's just a trick my teacher taught me - to help establish the light and dark values in the underpainting.

Sandy C. said...

What a great idea! The B & W and the shift down. I agree this angle gives a better balance to the picture. I can't wait to see the progress :)

Lady Language said...

Using the black and white to guide the underpainting is a great idea. I will have to try that if I ever pick up a paint brush again :)

LceeL said...

Sandy: Just a bit of patience ...

Lady Language: My teacher's idea. She also taught me to squint at the picture in order to enhance the difference between light and dark.

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