For Lesson #3, Dan sent a gorgeous photo of delicious looking bright red watermelon against a black background. Talk about a show stopper! It was a relatively difficult assignment, although Dan's guidance helped a lot. Once again, I tried for very pure, intense color. I concentrated on using lots of paint with each brush stroke and painting with confidence. I literally did not take the cover off of my OMS canister...and the only medium I used was walnut oil. I'm beginning to get the knack of this approach. It does seem to require more brushes, however, because it is easiest to try to use a single brush for light colors and another for dark...and in some cases, a single brush for certain colors. Since the brushes are only wiped clean - not rinsed in OMS - this helps keep the colors clean. For the most part, I feel like it worked. There are some areas that I may come back to today...or perhaps when the paint has set a bit.
|Lesson #3 Watermelon 9" x 12" oil on canvas panel (with 2 extra coats of acrylic gesso)|
Another energizing lesson. This is so much fun and so educational at the same time!
UPDATE: I spent a little more time on the shadows under the plums, the cast shadows on the two sections of watermelon and on trying to get the grape colors more accurate. I think it improved the result. The picture above is with those changes made. (6.4.12)