Delayed Shift

"Red, Yellow and Blue"
oil on gessoed masonite, 6" x 8"

I find it interesting how there is a sudden shift in seeing in the midst of a painting. I might be painting away and, after 30 to 40 minutes, suddenly see a temperature change in a color or the sudden appearance of a subtle reflected color that I hadn't seen before in a subject. After the last few days of not so hot paintings, I felt a bigger shift today. 'Things' fell into place this morning, though improvement is still waiting for me.

My 'blog buddy,' Elio, has helped me raise the bar in my work. I could hear him over my shoulder today (never met him, though) . . . ."tsk, tsk . . .look closer! There is a temperature shift on that side of the red block! That value isn't thaaat dark! Look again! Watch your strokes." If you have never seen his work, what he does with a few globs of paint is very unique and special. Look him up . . .he is in the list of links on this blog.

I have come accross a bunch of colored tissue paper in my studio . . .it is perfect for use with a still life set up . . .crumple it . . .flatten it . . .change colors, etc. Today was gray. I was amazed at the warmth of the light blasting into my shadow box against that gray . . .and how the color definition is so delicious in the context of gray (I knew that, but it still excites me!)

Oh! I almost forgot. Sable brushes versus Hog bristle made for some interesting textural contrasts in this piece.

Thanks, EC ! You helped alot today.