Sunday, February 28, 2010


This small painting was done with making an interesting composition with limited objects the goal. I painted with broad loose strokes avoiding blending as much as I could. The transitions from lighted areas to areas in shadow was accomplished by subtle changes in value and hue rather than 'mushing' the colours together in those transitional areas. This is difficult as the natural tendency for me is to obliterate all the edges and make everything nice and smooth, which ends up looking perhaps more 'realistic' but bland, overworked and lacking any personal signature. One of my artistic goals is to grow toward producing paintings which are loose and lively, and interesting as well as pleasing to look at.

1 comment:

  1. Haha, that sounds like me! Good description of the "blending habit" and how to shift it. Helps me for Mexico! Thanks for the infusion.