Thursday, September 23, 2010
A Pear Dilemma
Want to know something kind of fun about this painting? I used no green. We were only allowed to use five colors - Titanium White, Ivory Black, Terra Rosa (which is a muted red), Yellow Ochre and Cadmium Yellow Light. The apple is green because cadmium yellow light turns a beautiful green when you darken it with black.
I was kind of unhappy with my last painting, so I redid it. Both these 11x14 paintings seem to be taking me somewhere around 4-5 hours each, which is about what the class said it would take. But when I wind up doing more than 1 in a week, it kind of eats into the time I have set aside for my daily paintings. My biggest problem with the other painting was using a tomato. Because of using only the five colors, the tomato could have never been brighter than Terra Rosa, which at best can reach a terra cotta kind of red. There was no way I could have gotten close to the color I was looking for. I was also trying to paint a pear that was half red, half yellow. No matter what I tried to do, I couldn't quite get it to look right. So I changed that out for a fully yellow pear and a green apple. Much happier with this.