Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Finding The Colour of Light in a Still Life


Plum in Mexican Bowl
5 x 7 Oil on Panel

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This little Mexican bowl with it's thin strip of intense blue is such a beautiful little thing. It sits on a table right beside my easel holding holding pebbles. In this little painting I was trying to do two things, work swiftly and create exciting and lively brushstrokes and to capture colour more intuitively. I've been working on this with my studies for some time now. Sometimes when you look at light in your still life set up the colours seem to shift right before your eyes, one moment they might appear orangey and the next more pink. When that happens it causes a lot of head scratching, peering, and squinting. The trick seems to be to look fairly quickly and paint the first impressions of a colour. It seems easier to capture the elusive colour of light with a quick look versus a long analytical look which is invariably when the second guessing starts. Art, strangely yet wonderfully perplexing.

9 comments:

Patrice said...

Beautiful - and I so agree; overthinking makes for overpainting. The freshest most intuitive coloration is usually the most creative and satisfying.

Cindy Revell said...

Thank you Patrice.

Linda said...

The colors are beautiful. What a lovely little bowl. I LOVE this painting!

Cindy Revell said...

Thanks Linda. Working with colour in a more intuitive way has been very liberating and joyful.

Carolina Elizabeth said...

I love your use of intense color! I know how dificult it is to maintain that in oils. It's a beautiful composition.

Cindy Revell said...

Thank you so much Carolina.

Linda said...

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Diana Evans said...

wow!!! beautiful painting....wonderful to meet you....

myfrenchkitchen said...

I haven't passed by here for quite a while...always see your next post in my bloglnks...
I love that intense strip of blue, it really lightens up your still life and at the same time convey a lovely tranquility.
Ronelle