The DPW "Heather Challenge"
12 in. x 12 in. oil on canvas - SOLD
For last week's challenge, Carol Marine shared this striking photo I instantly wanted to paint (even if it took me a week to start.)
For me, turning this reference into a painting required two things.
- Rearranging and tightening the composition. I moved the bicycle behind the umbrella, took out empty space at the top, and turned the blanket so the sides are not parallel with edges of the painting.
- Making the strong complementary colors relate to each other—putting oranges
and purples in the green, greens and purples in the blue blanket, color in
the white dress, etc. I also muted the color of the bike, which I possibly
should have removed altogether and
lightened the shadows, keeping in mind that photos always make them darker than they really are.Whew!
This one's for Jim, who thinks I should do more figures.