Tuesday, 21 October 2008

The Problem With Light





I went back to the studio today to finish my latest flower painting.

The battle I had today was with the very strong directional sunlight, streaming through the windows - and onto the canvas, palette and the still-life setup.

This was very different from yesterday, when what little sun there was arrived filtered through thick layers of cloud, and appeared much flatter and more even.

The top photograph above shows some of the sharp shadows cast among my brushes, and white spirit container.

Such conditions can make it tricky to compare colours as the sunlight was in my eyes.

Today's task was to concentrate on the pinks of the roses, and the middle photograph shows my palette as I prepared to work on this.

The last photograph shows the painting as I finished it.

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