Tuesday, March 27, 2007

daily painting practice - tangerines on a blue silk scarf

I started painting this still life on an orange colored pre-toned board. After transferring my drawing, I painted over the lines with burnt umber and let it dry for a few days. I did not want to loose the detail of the drawing.
I washed in the darks with warm Burnt Sienna. Thinned with Liquin and turps.
Next I began to lay in some color. The tangerines were given form with halftones and lights.
Almost there. Keep making the paint thicker and the color bolder.
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Rhapsody in Blue
oil on gessoed hardboard
I could not think of a better name. The color of this silk scarf is amazing. Those blues together with the brilliant orange of two tangerines... I was in a painter's heaven. I had to paint this still life. Sometimes a composition just shouts out to be painted or in the case of Rhapsody in Blue even put to music.


Cheryl Pass said...

I love this one, Peter. The colors are really striking, the composition is terrific, and .... Thanks, too, for showing the stages of your paintings.

Anonymous said...

Just Beautiful! I could tell before any color was applied that the composition was going to hold this together, and then came the dynamite colors and Wham you nailed it.

Todd Bonita said...

Really nice stuff Peter. Thanks for showing your process, very insightfull.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Wow. Thanks for showing the development of the paintings. Like art lessons.
Love your work!

Rhonda Hurwitz said...

wonderful composition and colors...really beautiful

Jelaine Faunce said...

I found you through the Daily Painters Guild. This piece makes me so happy. The colors. It's got to be the colors. Thank you for sharing your process. Really lovely.