Saturday, June 14, 2008
Work-in-progress...corn still life
I'm really pleased with the way my corn painting is coming along. Last post, I showed you my quick painting done outside. Now I've moved inside, and things are moving right along. I just love all the little tassels and strings - they provide such interesting shapes and contrast against the dark background.
I didn't use any masking fluid on this to preserve the white tassels, I just painted around them. A great exercise to be sure. As you can see, I'm working top-to-bottom, with a lot of washes and glazing. Once I decided where to leave the white highlights, I painted the rest of the corn in the basket with a mix of gamboge, quinacridone gold, phthalo blue and winsor green. The background colors are Alizarin Crimson, Violet Lake & Phthalo blue. I've used a touch of Opera Rose on the corn for a color punch, and I'll be dropping in bits of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna along the way when needed (the metal on the basket handle is a mix of ultramarine and burnt sienna).