Friday, June 27, 2014
The Line Up
This painting took a little longer than I expected. My idea was to do a painting of these little T-Ballers with all their funny little gestures. That's what I focused on and that's what I had but it just didnt feel right.
I added a faint, greyed green in the background as I was advised by other painters but it then became a landscape and that was NOT what I wanted. The green PUT them on a playing field. It was far to telling for my original idea so I painted it back out.
In the end, what I found was clear and obvious. I dont know why any of us didnt pick it up sooner. The original foreground was primarily Transparent Oxide Red with a bit of yellow. It was competing with the uniforms terribly. Once I realize what was happening, it was an easy fix.
I actually keep a check list in my studio that I got from an instructor several years ago. I rarely refer to it anymore but that may change now. Check for competing colors is on that list.
I bring this up for any painter who may be reading this. Maybe it's only me, but after all these years, some of the basic issues still creep up and cause a little grief. The good news is, I'm getting better at catching them.. eventually. :)