June 26, 2010

It's too cool!

I think I've come up with one of the problems with this painting.  It's too cool.  It's supposed to be a summer day and since I live in Kelowna I picture it hot... this picture is not.   Short of redoing the whole thing, I don't think I can change that.  I really dislike the background colour... Even the sky bugs me... I guess I should take Katherine's advice...   Put it away for a few days.

This is going to take lots more work I'm afraid.  Back to the family portrait.

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  1. I like it. Maybe just lighten the foreground a little and it may give your effect more.Keep painting.

  2. Are you referring to the cement, Bonnie? I haven't a clue!

  3. You can always put it away for a few days and g back with more energy to redo the sky and the foreground with brighter light, it is an awesome work anyway!

  4. I'm back working on it. I'm so grateful for the tips. When I put them all into effect, I'll post again. Autumn, I guess it's the use of the blues and darkish green on the hills that I don't like. I wish I'd used warmer colours. I'm trying to soften them some more and brighten the foreground around the boy.
    Padmadja I noticed the sky is a bit off but I'm a bit nervous I'll wreck it more if I go into it now. hmmm... Being an artist takes so much courage lol.

  5. Bonnie, I've heard Naples yellow will push greenery into the distance. You might try glazing with this. If you use a light medium you should be able to wipe it off if you don't like it. Make sure your painting is dry first!