Friday, September 23, 2016

Complementary Apples

Complementary Apples (6"x 6") oil on masonite

Alla Prima painting is a lot like chess, you really have to plan your moves. I used a red ground which was super helpful to maintain the strong chromatic intensity in the apples. Another thing, lighting! So before I didn't have a light shining at my easel, now I do. I vastly underestimate the value of my darks when I don't have adequate lighting on the panel as well as on the palette and still life. There are some good moments in this piece, like when the red apple is the same value as the gold cardboard, it seems to glue the scene together.

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