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.