Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Building A Painting (part 3)

Big changes for this painting. It was looking far too plain in that there was too much space between the jug and the window so I needed to do something to add more interest, hence the pussywillows. Although now I'm a little afraid the ones coming out of the jug lead your eye out of the painting . . . sigh. The empty space wasn't as prominent in the computer images, but in person, because of the scale of this painting it really wasn't working and I had to do something. 

I've actually made even some more changes since this version, but need to work some of those out. In person, the cupboard is too cool -- kind of purple and just isn't working, so I lightened it up which shows great texture on the antique, but now need to adjust its value again and I'm hoping to get a warmer tone more in keeping with the rest of the painting. Right now it's too jarring. I also will need to adjust some values between the cloth and the cupboard -- I ended up getting too dark with the cloth. I'm pleased with the window at this point and think that's probably done. Today will be a big day for this . . . I'm excited to get started . . . it's in that uncomfortable stage where there are lots of mistakes that need adjusting. Hopefully I can get it to a completed state that works! Have a good day and thank you for stopping by.


  1. Prachtig gedaan jij bent zo'n precisie schilderes lieve groetjes Danielle

  2. Hi Kara, I don't know how this looks in person, but on the computer it seems to me that the pussy willow in the jug actually brings the eye down to the jug and makes it the focal point. The cupboard seems insignificant to me, except to place the jug and cloth on. The shadow behind the pussy willow on the cloth carries my eye, at last, to the window. The whole composition seems just right to me. I feel like it's finished! And I like it very much.

  3. Kara, I think you are being way too hard on yourself. It's beautiful and the warm glow on the jug and the window lead you right to the middle of the composition. I do like the addition of the pussy willow and the pattern on the cloth. Beautiful job!

    Carrie Waller


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