|"Parking Lot Pumpkin" 16 x 16 oil on canvas panel (work in progress)|
“Where there is much light, the shadow is deep”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
As we wrap up the first month of 2013, I want to thank all my students who started the year off with me--can't wait to paint with you in 2013!
Many thanks too to all my national collectors on Daily Paintworks—I’ll be posting several of my paintings up for bid from my recent winter gallery show in the next few weeks. (These paintings will be at a significant savings off the gallery price since they are direct from my studio.)
My yearlong master oil painting class with Denver painter Kevin Weckbach will be wrapping up next month and so I’m really trying to concentrate on these few final assignments. For the light and shadow painting assignment I chose this sunlit farmer’s market pumpkin from last October. It’s not quite complete, but so far I’m very happy with it. Like the classical painters from centuries past, I love the drama of the light and shadow approach--it's not vague or wishy washy. Your subject is either in the light or it's not. Plus it's always a joy to paint sunlight in the middle of winter.
My New Favorite Art App and Studio Tool
As I mentioned in a previous post I've recently switched from printed photos (as a reference) to my iPad. I also use a application called AccuView. This app not only grids your photo (as you can see below) but also allows you to quickly check your gray scale--I absolutely love it.
Also the metal holder that you see is a Ori iPad holder from Joby--it holds up my iPad to make painting off it even easier. (Am not sure if they still make them but you may be able to find them on eBay.)
Thanks again for stopping by—wishing you a creative and colorful week!