I'm very pleased with the subtle values in this still life. I had painted it about a month ago, and while I liked the darker values, it always seemed dull to me. I couldn't quite put my finger on the problem. I didn't want to brighten the entire painting, even if I could figure out how to do that. Yesterday, I added just a bit more color and modeling to the oranges and I repainted the placemat, making it lighter. Both changes introduced a bit more light into the composition, but didn't completely change the subdued feeling, which I liked.
Also, this painting was photographed with my new Nikon DSLR and the image is straight from the camera via photoshop Elements. Other than cropping, the image is exactly what I was able to capture with the camera....and it is a very accurate representation of the painting. I'm beginning to get a handle on using the camera...a Nikon D5300. It's an entry level DSLR, but loaded with features and manual settings that permit me to get this kind of shot. I'm thrilled with it so far.
|Oranges and Brass Bowl with Wine Bottles 12 x 16 oil on panel|
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