|What is Best for Nigel|
oil on cradled board
20 x 16 inch
Nearly one month later, Nigel is finally complete! As I look at the image on the computer though, I see areas that need tweaking. One place would be the legs of the bed. I shortened them so that they do not touch the carpet, but it needs another layer or two of paint. I may add more to the books too...and the wallpaper...and the carpet...and, and, and. If you are an artist, you know how that goes.
Overall I am thrilled with the outcome of the light in this piece, which was my goal. I looked at some paintings with light (thank you Gary Everest), read Richard Schmid's chapter on light in Alla Prima and I had some help from my art instructor, Brian Hinkle, during class. This was such a challenge for me, and I want to try it again and again with different color palettes.
The title was a bit tricky too since this was inspired by a song. After lots of discussion and consideration, What is Best for Nigel seemed a good fit without crossing copyright lines.
Below are some detail photos of the painting.
Our youngest son and his wife are visiting this week while on spring break, so my sweet daughter in-law was around to take this picture yesterday. It has been so great to have them here.
I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!