Saturday, November 22, 2014

Gold Mercury

 Gold Mercury - SOLD
5 x 7   oil on panel

And still more mercury glass!

Its more about the challenge of painting reflections than the actual shape of a subject for me. The light is likely what draws me to paint water and boats.  Reflected light and shadow need careful observation and consideration before putting down a single palette knife stroke.  Using a fractured stroke in areas, I drag wet paint across the picture plane, pulling colour from one area into another, creating lost edges and movement.

I probably look more than I paint in fact - like the carpenter's saying "Measure twice, cut once."  Its similar for artists.  The longer you spend observing and taking in visual information on shape, colour and value, the better chance you have for success than if you just slap down paint then try to correct in on the support.  That's when mud and frustration happen.

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Nancy Van Blaricom said...

This one is lovely Jeanette. The occasional touch of blue along with the reddish orange just makes the ornament sing.

Jeanette Jobson said...

Hello Nancy. I like the colours in this too. Its interesting how much colour variance there is in what you would originally think is a simple object.

Its all about observation I think and training the eye to see what is really there.