Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Study of White

Fighting with the Sun

The weatherman said that it would be cloudy out today, but as I set up to paint, the studio was in full sunlight. It was clear that I would not be completing the painting I had started on my last overcast day. After changing gears and a simple setup, I was ready to do a quick study for the day.

Wouldn't you know it, the sun decided to play peek-a-boo with me. It went behind clouds for several minutes, and then shone bright for a few more minutes. Back and forth it went until finally the day ended in a dark overcast - completely changing the light and shadows that I had started with.

Thankfully, most of the painting had been established at that point, so I pulled out my trusty lamp and completed the study. Granted, it's not as strong or as detailed as it could have been, but I must say that the blame cannot fully rest on the shifting light. Any painting that is not my best shows a need for more concentration and, if I allow it to, it will teach me through my mistakes.

More painting on Friday.

1 comment:

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

This is lovely. You've captured it well.