Saturday, March 22, 2008

What a Mess!

Well, I played around with the onions and peppers and messed it up. So I just kept going and really messed it up! What the heck, I'm posting it here.

Tomorrow, I'm going to work on the project that Don West suggested in his comments on the first onion and pepper posting. I'll post the best ones.

It's Good Friday here, a holiday and while I didn't paint the entire day, I did paint. And also read a lot about capturing light from Betty Carr's book, "Seeing the Light". (Though you can't really tell that I learned much from looking at the shadows here.)

So, here it is, in all it's embarrassment!

You know, if you keep it really small, it could look kind of good. If you squinted lots. lol Small like this:

Have a good holiday!

Saturday's note: the more I look at this, the more it grows on me. The background could look good if I'd used different colours, I think. I loaded the brush with two colours to do this. (A suggestion made for doing the 5 x 7 loosening up studies.) I should have done the background in browns rather than greens. In for a penny, in for a pound - maybe I'll just glaze over with some browns and play around some more........


RHCarpenter said...

Deb, my first thought was, "It's the composition that isn't right," but I looked at the previous version before bg and it looked fine to me. So it's the bg - what about it? You're right - it needs a bigger variety of colors, I think, because one thing I loved about the white bg was how the colors of everything really shone individually. Maybe you might try to drop in some more colors here and there? Don't give up on it because I think you can save it and make it work.

Deborah A. Léger said...

Thanks Rhonda. I was thinking of some browns in there, which would take some of the onion colour into the background. I find that if I look at the small one, it looks kind of 'old world'. lol. I don't know about this one being saved though. I think I ruined the shallots by adding white acrylic for highlights. Mistake. In the reading I was doing of Betty Carr's "Seeing the Light", I learned that some surfaces do not reflect light and you need to pay attention to those. While looking at some more reference shots I did of these same veggies, I realized that the shallots are NOT reflecting the light that the others do. Now it jumps out at me. lol. I also think I ruined the onions by putting the acrylic white highlights there, too. Ah well, I'll add more colours and see what happens. I want to do this a few more times. Your doing the shaker pots so many times has taught me something, eh? lol. I also want to start working on a batik waterlily and still need to draw out the one I'll be learning with Sandy. So much painting, so little time...... :-)

Ann Buckner said...

Deb, I really like this, the old world look to it. The background doesn't bother me at all but you might think about bringing in some of the red into it, maybe along the edge where a mat would cover it, to see if you like it better. Next time you might try gesso instead of the acrylic paint. Gesso is much more absorbent so it will take color fairly well when wet, plus it doesn't dry as shiny as acrylics. Just a thought.

Deborah A. Léger said...

Hi Ann,

Thanks again for the comments. I'm going to set aside this one and maybe later, do something to it. I'm definitely going to start over on it though! (AFter all, I have a kazillion reference shots of these things! Every time I buy some, I can't use them until I shoot them! lol. I was in the grocery store today and bought leeks and organic carrots. Not because I wanted to cook with them, but because I thought what a great painting they'd make! (Afterwards, I'll cook with them. lol) And you wouldn't believe how long it takes me to pick out a few peppers anymore.

I'll try the gesso, too.