Week 2 of ' Reading the Paint Surface' at City Lit started with the scene of our previous weeks endeavors partially covering the still life arrangement, a playful hint of what was to come - using a small hole in a piece of paper to look at the objects while we painted them!
Using the oil paints we mixed a light, mid and dark tone ( in my case a pale peach, red and purple) and used these to paint what we could see through a pinhole in the paper ( the stage above shows 2 overlapping views) The idea was to build up a picture in reverse of normal practice where you finish by putting in the detail, here you were starting with it!
As I haven't painted with oils since I was at school, this proved an additional challenge! I was also beginning to regret the choice of red as a mid tone ( I should have remembered the lesson learnt while doing my 'red boat ' journal quilts - it doesn't 'play nicely'). In feedback tutor was pointing out how the eye fills in the detail , finding shapes in the background like the rest of the vase
After lunch, a whole group crit which was incredibly valuable, looking at each others work and weighing up what draws your eye ( and to leave alone )balancing with areas that need more work.
The verdict on mine at the stage above was liking bottom left and the top ( apart from the hovering white oval) but to lose the 'stripey cap' in the foreground ( it's actually the coffee pot !)
We were then encouraged to add some more colours - I mixed some green for the bottle but it really wasn't working so I wiped it off ( the advantage of working in oils) . The tutor really liked what was left , it had a real translucent quality but said ' enough of the red period', that I now needed some cool colours to alter the temperature so I mixed some blue greys for the shadows.