This week I have continued on my quest to paint light in the Nigel painting and it is coming along slow, but sure. I am trying to paint light coming from the lamp on the nightstand as seen above. There will also be light coming from the hallway fixture as seen below.
My art instructor helped me in class this week and this morning I began reading a chapter about color and light in Richard Schmid's book Alla Prima. I purchased it two years ago even though it was kind of expensive. It probably appeals more to classically trained painters, but I knew it would be a go-to resource for me over the years, which it has been.
|Color and Light chapter in Richard Schmid's book Alla Prima|
In the photo below you can see I shortened the arched doorway after my instructor suggested it, and now the parent figures stand in the boy's room rather than being detached (see previous post). I am not sure I like it this way because I originally wanted the parents to be outside Nigel's door vs inside. However, now it makes more sense as far as drawing purposes go. From the beginning I have struggled with how to arrange this scene so that the parents are equally as important as the sleeping boy, but have it also make sense architecturally.
There is still much to do. There are more shadows and light and fine details to come. I am using glazes and cold wax, which means it has required a lot of time to dry in between sessions.
|WIP 20 x 16 inch oil on cradled board|
So while the painting is drying I have been doing things like straightening up my studio...
and sketching in my tiny sketchbook.
graphite and pastel
graphite and charcoal
I hope you have a beautiful weekend.
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