This painting was done using pastel brushes I made in Painter.
I took a painting class from Flora Bowley in September, 2012. Since then, I have had an idea in my head of how I wanted to paint. But getting it down on canvas has been a struggle.
I look and look at other art work. I see what people are doing, but I can’t seem to do it.
This piece was a huge break-through for me. I am closing in on how I want my work to look.
What I strive for in my art is to have a lots of light and dark contrast. That is what makes a painting pop. As much as I try, dark and light values have been a real challenge for me. It sounds easy, but it’s not.
I learned a trick to use with digital painting. In Painter, I open a new layer on top of the other layers. I fill it with black and put it on colorize composite method. When I am painting, I open this layer and it shows my painting in black, white and greys. This lets me know if I am getting a good variety of values in my work.
With this piece, I did better than I usually do. However, I discovered that if I use all highly saturated colors, they will all have the same value.
I was able to get a feeling of depth in this piece. I have learned that I was able to do that because I used more light and dark values.