Simple but not easy. This is what I would say about painting volumes.
The principle I use in such ornamental paintings is simple :
_ a mid-tone ( the soft grey I basecoated my canvas with)
_ one value ( darker than the mid-tone) for the shadows
_ another one ( even darker) for the drop shadows, sometimes a third value for the accents ( the darkest darks)
_one value for the lights ( lighter than the mid-tone)
_ another one ( even lighter) for the highlights.
|I did the drawing in charcoal, "inked" it in with some watered down soft grey ( black, yellow ochre and white) and painted the shadows and drop shadows.|
|Then I painted the lights and higlights.|
|Finally I painted some lighter greys between the leaves and into the moldings.|
I guess it sounds and looks easy but I do not think it really is.
If you work, like in this example in flat tones with no gradations ( no blending, it is not possible anyway if, like me, you paint with casein paints on a very absorbent surface) you have to put your strokes in the right place ( this means that you must have a good knowledge of how lights and shadows behave on complex volumes) and these strokes must have the right shape ( which implies that your hand can draw with your brush).
If this was easy we would all be great painters and beautiful paintings would not fascinate us like they do .
If you use the same technique but allow yourself to do a little bit of softening on the edges of you tones, this is what you will get...
Je suis bouche baie devant tant de talent! Vous êtes un magicien! Comme j'aurais aimé être votre élève!RépondreSupprimer
As Sylvie here above I am looking at this with open mouth!!! GORGEOUS!!!RépondreSupprimer
Oh my dear I would love to have that horse painting!!!!Stunning!!!
Merci Sylvie....tout es poir n'est pas perdu :) , je compte organiser une ou deux semaines de cours par an dans mon atelier des l'année prochaine .RépondreSupprimer
I know about your passion for horses and horse riding, I would be very happy to paint horses for you!!! Thank you for your kind comment.