Choosing correct shades of color
April 15, 2019
19-008 “Martha’s Sunset” WIP; Started March 1, 2019
I got back in the studio and really worked the sky. It’s a challenge, for sure, choosing the correct shades of gray, blue, orange, cream and yellow.
And then, my hand just moves
without my thinking about what to do. How much do I trust that I’m doing what I’m
supposed to? I layered, I rubbed, I wiped off and did it all again.
I kept stepping back and every time I did, I bump into my pastel cart. I finally wheeled it out of the way after saying, “Ow!” too many times.
I worked more than I meant to at this time. As usual, whenever I walked away, I’d turn around to look, see something to adjust, and go back. In the end, I decided to shorten the foreground and moved the tape up 1 ½ inches.
I’m pleased with the progress. I’m always amazed the painting is never exactly like the photograph, but then, to try to get it exact would drive me crazy. I enjoy letting the picture help create itself.