Sunday, May 31, 2009

May 31, 2009

Painted yesterday's tree from the opposite side. The value range is really compressed. Lights are not light enough nor shadows dark enough. The lighting was better at the close of the day--should have had dinner first and then gone out to paint. I really love this Sugar River Road. So many lovely clumps of trees to paint...
...Jan N.


  1. Jan... Are you talking about the way it looks in the photo? It has a great mood and design. Makes me feel like I can't get away, out of looking into the dark shadow area at the base of the tree. Despite your self critique, the "color" (I know it's not but it has that sense) is rich and inviting. This is what you're aiming for with value studies, the same richness in tone that color has. Sometimes value is even richer and more engaging to me. Good work.

  2. Well, the painting looks a lot like the photo of the painting--I just thought it didn't convey the sunny day I was experiencing. But I'm happy to see your comment. I can get self-critical in a hurry. My goal was to show this tree with its small leaves/lacy canopy on this nice, windy but sunny day. So I felt I had fallen short of that. Nice to have your perspective on it.
    I do have a technical question for you. I understand the fat over lean principle in oil painting but if I want to go into a painting after it's dry can I start again with lean layers of paint and then oilier layers over that? Or if I left off with a layer that had more oil do I have to apply paint with that much oil in it? (This doesn't apply to any of the bw's, they're done--just curious in a general way and not sure how the chemistry of paint works.)

  3. A short answer is Yes. Each additional layer of wet paint over a dry paint layer has to have "at least" as much oil as was in the layer it's going over. If you don't use any additional oil in the first layer, it's just paint, then you don't have to add any in the next layers because it will still have the same amount of oil in it. But if you thin the first layer a lot with OMS, then the next layer should be 'fatter' with more oil.

  4. Good to know. I suspect there are a lot of things like that I don't even know to ask....!


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