Completely go against every art magazine, art book and instruction you have ever read. Paint the lights first. The painting god's won't strike you dead.(did I hear thunder?) The art police won't come after you (see Friday's blog for when that happens).You can paint anyway you like. The trick is to like anyway you paint.
I like it but ...there is something I don't like about the background. I know, I know, one of the easiest ways to mess up a good painting is to go back in and change the background. That's another of those always remember rules I always forget, but this really, really bugs me. Oh well, Fantin-LaTour isn't watching....I'll change it, no guts, no glory.
oil on masonite panel
This painting should be titled pure joy in paint. These are the kind of painting practice pieces that make you want to pick up the brushes and do another.
Self critique time:
Ah, forget the critique. I'm just going to sit down and enjoy looking at it for a long while. Maybe with a cup of tea.