Oct 15, 2014

Starry Night Pears

I "should" have called this, "Don't Paint in the Dark!"  
When I really get into a painting, I'm not aware of anything else! 
  It was late in the afternoon when I started painting and the sun was setting fast.   I had my still life setup of the pears lite, but didn't have a light on my palette because I was using the daylight.  When I finished,  I brought my light stand around to light my panel and was surprised at not only the colors, but the knife strokes as well!  
So my lesson learned for today is, light both your subject and your palette. 

I hate when I have to learn things over and over!
 So you might say, "why don't you fix it?"  
I don't like to go back into a painting, 
I have found it rarely works for me, and just becomes fussy.


  1. It looks awesome! Why "fix" it?

    1. Erin,
      Thank You for your wonderful comment!
      I have learned the hard way that just-one-more-brushstroke, and, ruined!

  2. We'll I think it looks gorgeous!

    1. Sharon,
      Thank you for your very kind comment!

  3. I've done that too!
    I know what you mean though... it's so easy for them to turn into a fussy mess! But you don't have to worry about that because this turned out just right! I absolutely love that color in the shadow on the pear!

  4. Cathy,
    I Love when I get feed back like this!
    Painting in-the-zone, with the light fading is something that seems to happen to me a lot! Guess it is from my plein air days? I also Love the color in the shadow and wish I had extended it. Next time with better light!
    Thank you Cathy for your wonderful comment.

  5. I agree, if it was an accident, it was a happy one. Sometimes the most striking art comes from taking reality a tad off the beaten path. Think, Picasso's blue period. Maybe he just didn't have the best light on his palette to begin with. I like it.

  6. Terri,
    Thank You for your amazing comment! I will be more aware of my light in the future, I Hope!

  7. Sue,
    I am just home from a very busy month and saw your very sweet comment. Thank YOU!

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