Wednesday, May 16, 2012

RedWine and Cherries

Hopefully this will be the last post of this decantur and cherries...sure has taken me longer to finish than usual.  I'll admit though, I was only working on this at art retreat, and that's a crazy place to do really delicate or focus needing work...we have too much giggling and talking going on.  I've darkened the burgundy colors considerably, but the reds are still a problem on my new monitor...they're not this bright in real life.  It's always a learning curve when you're not a "techie".  I needed to get this one finished so I could concentrate on the demos I'm giving when our PaintingFriends group meets again this summer in Florida.  They want to paint crystal again, and this round we're adding some silver, a bit of collage that Suzy Powell (from way out in West Texas came here to teach), and also some weaving techniques that Suzy taught.  It looks like I've got a busy few weeks ahead of me for sure.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Red Wine and Cherries

Things are getting pretty much wound up on this painting of crystal.  I have some value corrections and edges to clean up, but I'll live with the burgundy area of the decantur for a few days and decide just how much to darken the colors.  I'm thinking two or three values deeper in the burgundy.  It's amazing what we can see once the piece is condensed in the posting process...and it's right in front of me all along.  It's been a bit of a challenge with all the angles and facets, but I always love painting crystal and anything reds...with cherries and strawberries being my favorites.