June 19, 2008

(197) African Violets
private collection
6 x 6, oil

I knew I only had 20-30 minutes to paint this before the violets would be completely in shadow, so I jumped in, pre-mixing the colors and focusing on getting the values correct. I tried to memorize the light conditions and shadows, and ask myself to identify the lightest light, darkest dark, highest chroma before painting. My focus was to stick to the time limit, avoiding tweaking and corrections back in the studio--whew-a fun, but demanding challenge.
"Once artists have set a course, they need to stick to that course and not allow the ever-changing on-location process to interfere"...Kenn Backhaus

1 comment:

Frank Gardner said...

Ah, pre mixing and all of the questions you ask yourself. Good for you.