Monday, August 26, 2013

my own challenge - finding ways to improve

August 26, 2013 - Look at the work of other artists to see how they solve problems, then practice practice practice.  (or should I say Paint Paint Paint)

This weekend I did a painting of two donuts.  I was disappointed in how the paper bag that I used in the background turned out.  So I did a little research to find examples of how other artists accomplished this.  I came across an outstanding demo by Karen Appleton that she did on her blog. 
I'm including a link to her blog.  It sounds simple to paint a paper bag, but it isn't. 

My plan is to do a few more.  I love the way Karen Appleton made value changes and brought in interesting colors.  Thank you Karen putting this especially helpful demo on your blog

Here are the photos of my own challenge.

photo of still life

 almost finished - need to push darks and lights
I'm on the right track, will probably do a few more for practice.  I used the blue-green because it is the complement of orange, but next time might use neutral. 

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