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 .