Friday, September 23, 2011

I blended today...



I didn't intend to.  I started with big blocks of color and big strokes.  But I just couldn't mix the correct colors on my palette.  When I'd put them on the canvas they'd be too dark, too light, too bright, too dull, too wrong!  So as I made corrections, I ended up blending paint on the painting.  So much for laying down a stroke and leaving it!  

10 comments:

  1. Beautiful painting, Virginia. Amazing colors on the pear..and perfect reflections as well!!

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  2. It worked out pretty good, Virginia! As much "blending" as you did, your values look spot on and you made some very lovely and subtle nuances in the pear colors. Beautiful! Glad you had fun on you vacay, hope you are making a full and speedy recovery from back pull.

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  3. Funny, I wrote about the same thing today..that I am always trying to get the colors right on the palette before putting it on the painting. Always a challenge. You should be pleased with your painting--however you achieved it--the end results look good! I'm tuned in to see what you do next :)

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  4. Virginia, your pears are gorgeous, I like the way you painted them.Most of the time, I blend my painting on the canvas, I find it's faster.
    Sorry, Virginia for not replying to your nice comments on my blog;during 2 months, Blogger did not recognize my Google account; I solved the problem this morning, by sheer luck,subscribing to My OpenId , and it's work now.Thank you for your patience.

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  5. Nothing wrong with blending on the painting as you did because it makes for beautiful treatment of the edges and also creates a good sense of volume. To be able to blend paint on the actual painting, I think is skillful because it's hard to not get things all muddy that way and you did it just right, no mud!

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  6. Beautiful color combos! Your soft style shines here!

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  7. These pears are lovely. There is a lot going on with them and it all works. No need to worry.

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  8. Hi Virginia--I agree with Lisa that there's nothing wrong with blending on the painting. However, one way to get from the palette to the canvas (as another fun exercise), is to put out your paint in three vertical columns on the palette--a light, mid-tone and dark column. All colors will go into these value columns (not mushed together but sort of loosely set down in the column, say from warm at the top to cool at the bottom). You never put a dark in the light column or a light (no white) in the dark column--this is all about creating a habit. Then look at your setup and determine the basic 3-value structure of the painting and take from the appropriate column (whatever color) for that area. This is a really fun exercise and something I learned years ago in a workshop with Kim English. I have no idea if he still does this and I haven't done it exactly this way for years, but it really gave me a tool and helped me think about the issue of creating value basics on my palette. The colors in each column will also become blended as you go along, creating beautiful grays and nuance of color within the value range.

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  9. This is beautiful and the brush strokes are different...it has blended properly...

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  10. And still you made lovely pears.

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