Paintblog – “Concert” September 23

Yes, our new painting finally has a title thanks to Feynmangroupie.    I like the idea of a reflected event, and when she mentioned that she could see a bandstand, I could immediately see the conductor and a couple of standing audience members.  So “Concert” it is.  I also like that the word implies the shared effect of the two water-drops.

Anyway, when we last met (before the Great Unpleasantness), our canvas looked like this.

The last detail worked on was the hidden drop.  Since it was painted over with dark colors, I’d have to wait until they dried until I could work on it.  Below you can see the before and after, with the white highlights added in–particularly on the left.


Below, some highlights added the leaf below the main droplet.  I wanted to give it a more substantive look, so that it would appear better able to support the droplet’s weight.


And here is where the whole thing stood at that point.

I added some highlights to the edge of the leaf with the pointed bit.

Then I went to work on highlights on the main droplet.


I also added some highlighting to the back, rightward-edge of the leaf.

Then I stood back and noticed one big problem.

As you can see, the highlights on the drop don’t match up at all with the highlights on the leaf.  I tried to lighten up the upper left corner, but it wasn’t enough.

So I went further, and actually used a bunch of white in the upper left corner.

That looks a little better, lighting-wise (as you can see below).

The problem for me is that it looks like it could easily just be over-exposure, or a flare from a camera flash.  So I added some “ribs” to the leaf, via shadow, to make it look more like natural plant coloration in sunlight.


As you’ll see at the end, it looks much better.  But first, just because I like them, here’s a closeup of the droplet as it currently appears.

And the leaf below the main droplet’s leaf.

Finally, here is what we look at today.  I’d still like to make the upper left seem a little more “warm” or “organic” in appearance, and am thinking about how to do so.  I’ve thought about very subtle yellow hints here and there, but I’m worried that it might look as if the leaf is decaying.

But there’s time for this.  Now that the blog has been repaired, I feel as if I can press on.  Funny how documenting one’s work suddenly makes the work itself dependent on the document.

Anyway, thanks as always for stopping by.  With a little luck updates may become more frequent.

4 thoughts on “Paintblog – “Concert” September 23

  1. Wow, nice digs! Love what you’ve done to the place. Right spiffy, it is.

    I hope you’ll forgive me if I am feeling rather pleased with myself, for inspiring the title.

    As to the painting itself, the droplets are gorgeous, but I don’t know if you really needed that much reflected light. I assumed that it was on a succulent like agave, Then again, if it were glossy, like an aloe vera, then it might. I think the water droplet would focus the light more than a source that is in the distance and diffuse. Water can act like lens. Apologies if I am spouting things that you already know or have discarded as being irrelevant to the piece.

    I would probably back-seat drive my own brain-surgery.

    • It ate my comment a couple of weeks ago.
      It might help with the leaf coloring if you decide what kind of plant it is supposed to be. I think it looks like a succulent, what with the barbs and shape, possibly an agave.

  2. Actually, the comment went into the “spam” folder, and I just now approved it…I think because of the link? I’ve got to keep a closer watch on this new site.
    There’ve been a couple more brief sessions with “Concert” since the above was posted, I’ll have to do an update soon. And thanks for the suggestions!

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