Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Black and Green

10" x 10", oil on canvas
Working with a limited palette of viridian, cadmium yellow light, cobalt blue, alizarin and titanium white. Applying more paint and using a larger brush - the problem as usual was not tweaking with a tiddly brush at the end. I have to get over the idea that all edges have to be neat and tidy, that I'm working toward suggestion more than detail. I read again last night that by leaving a suggestion you engage your viewer more because they have to fill in the gaps. Very pleased with the reflection of the apple in the cup.


vivien said...

wonderful reflection and that cup looks really shiny - a lovely little painting :>)

Jeanette said...

I can see the looseness in this piece. Using the larger brush does work.

You still have the edges there but not overworked. The cup is beautifully shiny and the apple is perfect.

Anita said...

Vivien - Thank you.

Jeanette - Hardest part was not swapping for a tiddly brush and doing the detail. I think I just need to put the small brushes somewhere safe and lose them!

Karen Z said...

I suppose Tiddly is a technical art term?
Love the colors and the reflection is perfect.

Robyn said...

I can't work out how you get that wonderful smooth lip on the mug with a large brush, Anita. Love the reflection too and that little highlight of red on the apple.

Well done getting more paint on the canvas too.

Anita said...

Karen - Tiddly is a very technical term! My photography teacher had another good one - "Whack it in there!" for putting the photography paper into the developer mix!

Robyn - Its actually a little easier than you think. I use a flat brush which has a nice fine edge.

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