Monday, March 17, 2014

Lighting up the Stage

oil on gessoed board

I'm squeezing all that I can out of this licorice theme:-)  I think it's a good idea to paint several pieces on a subject or paint with a theme.  I don't always do that, but I believe it's a good practice.   It forces me to keep going beyond perhaps the obvious.   I remember hearing somewhere that it takes about 7 attempts before we move beyond the images we have already seen, to get to something more original/my own interpretation.  How many different ways can I find to paint licorice - use this subject to play with values, light and composition?  Here's a little step by step of the painting above, which by the way is attempt #3 on licorice:

Pink under painting with my light colors started.

adding shadows and defining some edges.

Almost finished after adding the light ground.  I then went in and softened some of the edges on the shadows and then lightened them as they move away .


  1. Fun to have a licorice theme. Love the arrangement, stacking, colors, painting.

  2. I'm thrilled to have found you through Pinterest tonight! Then on I went to DPW, and now to your blog where I will follow you. Your paintings are just wonderful! I'm starting to get back to painting, however I've only done acrylics and never touched oils. I need to find a class somewhere in the Minneapolis area.
    Thank you for sharing your work-
    Erica :)

  3. Thank you Erica and Susan!! I hope you find a great class to encourage you as you get back to painting Erica!


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