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11-21-2007, 11:09 PM
I found a picture in the RIL, by Sandy 1, and fell head over heels! It is just a gorgeous...and I am doing my best to do it justice. :lol: :lol: I'm not going to show you until I am done though...:angel:

Thought I would do it as a WIP...hope we ALL get something out of it!

Your Mission, Should You Accept - I am gonna need some help with the background (why are they so HARD?!?!?!?)

The trouble is...the window is actually a screen...but I don't want to paint a screen. So when I get to the background part...you all just chime in with any brilliant ideas that may pop into your heads!! :thumbsup:

Okay...here goes.

Here it is with first washes...Transparent yellow, Cobalt, Gamboge...and I think some Quin Gold. I upped the contrast so you can see the drawing a little.

More washes...more of the same yellows, plus Windsor Red.


Trying to capture the different reds in the tomatoes and peppers...glazing with the yellows, Windsor Red, Aliz Crimson.


More glazing...and Yellow Ochre and Burnt Sienna on the log in front of the window.


Yes...still more glazing...and some purple on the garlic...hard to see here...as well as yellow ochre, burnt sienna, and FUB for the shadow areas. I'll be darkening them a smidge here and there....and then do some modeling of the veggies, and details of the window sill and frame.

So....see that big open space? What would you put there?...I don't want anything really definite...just a way to make it look like a bright sunny day.
Let me know what you think!!:thumbsup:

11-22-2007, 12:11 AM
Your colors are so crisp and fresh looking - I have no idea when it come to B/Gs but I am going to watch and learn:>)

11-22-2007, 04:13 AM
Yummy ........... pulling up a chair..:)

11-22-2007, 05:21 AM
This is really coming along beautifully. I can see why the reference photo caught your eye.

Hmmmmmm, obviously you need to put some vague shapes there is we are looking through the window—trees and bushes? grassy lawn? cloudy sky? all seen through the glass.

What size are you doing here? Thanks for telling us the colors you are using.


Scene Chaser
11-22-2007, 08:12 AM
This is going to be a wonderful painting. When you do the background, keep it low key. Darks, if any, only in the center of interest.

11-22-2007, 09:57 AM
Thanks for stopping in Lynda, JJ, Sylvia and Bill.
Yes, forgot to say this is about 10x15". Will post more tonight :wave:

11-22-2007, 06:52 PM
You've already captured luscious veggies on a bright sunny day. The first thing that popped into my mind for BG were crossbars for a 6 or 9 pane window. The squarish shapes would be a nice contrast to the form of the veggies. I'm not an expert on light, but I think I would keep the whole bg fairly light, to retain that sunny feeling. You don't HAVE to showthe detailed outdorr scene that you would see IRL on a sunny day & you don't want to detract from your "stars" of this composition!

11-22-2007, 08:46 PM
Ooooh, I LOVE this Tracy!!! I never find such pretty references when I go a-hunting! :lol: You're doing a fantastic job and your peppers look just yummy...

Your window *challenge* is very similar to one I faced when painting the sunflowers in my siggy line... I think you'll want to do your opening wet-in-wet... lay in your sky colour, which would be rather weak because you ARE viewing it through the window glass, and then suggest some tree shapes before that paint is dry... let it dry and refine you shapes a little, without creating a lot of definition.

I hope this is BIG... :)

11-22-2007, 09:45 PM
Thanks for stopping in Lorraine! Yes, a faint light b/g...but I think the crossbars would just frustrate me at this point!
Thanks Char! Yes, it really is a beauty photo...I'll post it when I am done.
That's kind of the idea I had for the background...but would I have to put the reflections of the fruit in the glass?! Maybe the window will be open...;)

11-22-2007, 09:59 PM
If your light source is on the left (which it is), then there wouldn't be a reflection... that's why you have all those shadows on the sill... :)

11-23-2007, 10:30 AM
Just want to say that this looks just wonderful so far!!!! REALLY NICE!!!!:clap: :clap: :clap:
and I like Char's idea for the bg...
anxious to see your finish on this one!!:thumbsup:

giddy up
11-23-2007, 01:01 PM
coming along nice Tracy........make sure that the shadow areas are not
to uniform in color.....or temperature......right near the veggies the shadow
will have a crisp edge......then softer as it goes across the surface away from
the object casting it.......I see some nice reflected light in the shadows....:)
looking great....agree with Char on the bkgd.....very nice so far.......
good work :)


11-23-2007, 11:36 PM
Well...I dunno...I think I may have mucked it up here and there...but I guess that's why God created CROPPING!!:thumbsup:

Here is the latest...


I couldn't get the background trees to look right...they are actually a very nice light springy yellow-green

And I made a major slip...Aliz Crimson running down from the dark pepper on the left...can't get rid of the mark!!!:crying:

So...could crop like this...


Or...my favorite crop...


Still Life With Cup :D

Still workin' on it...hope I can salvage it.

Laura D
11-24-2007, 01:31 AM
It's not mucked up at all! Even when you mentioned the drip I had to search for it! Spring green for summer veggies... maybe do a very light red glaze over them to tone them down.

11-24-2007, 01:35 AM
It still looks fantastic Tracy!!...A shame about the aliz..:( ...maybe magic eraser would work??:confused: I dunno...?
This is still so pretty...!!!!:thumbsup: :clap:

11-24-2007, 04:01 PM
Thanks Laura and Linda...I think I have done all I can with this one.
Of course, it didn't turn out as I would have liked...but as always, lessons were learned...such as don't set the painting upright when it is dripping wet with Aliz Crimson!
I am quite pleased with the variation of color in the shadows, and the variety of reds I achieved with glazing.
I am also pleased with the negative painting in the roots of the garlic...and I Really like how the cup turned out.
I'm thinking I might just do a painting with the cup...like in the crop I did.

Thanks everyone for all comments and help ...and I'm still open to helpful hints... :thumbsup:

11-24-2007, 07:56 PM
Painti8ng is beautiful:clap:

Aliz Crim drip is painterly :clap:

I would frame this in a heartbeat!!!


11-24-2007, 08:44 PM
Hi JJ!! Thanks!! Yes...painterly...that's exactly what I meant ;)

The more I look, the more I like...I think sometimes we have to let the fantastic image in our head fade before we can really see the merits of the painting we have actually painted...and I think I like this painting that I have painted quite a bit!! Thanks for the encouraging words!! :clap: :clap: