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Sunday, September 16, 2007


This is yesterday's piece with adjusments made . . . .

For the life of me, I cannot get the colors correct in a photo of this piece. But there is enough of a difference to see some of the modifications I made.

First, I dreamt all night about the value of the rocks going accross the picture plane. They were waaaay to light and had to be changed. Next, I also realized that while the very edge of the rocks, as they enter the water are very dark . . .even black in places. There is a 'water line' up the rocks in another value until the value grades to the natural, dry color of the rock. This is due to tides wetting the rock in progressively higher water heights . . . thus leaving behind a near stepped gradation of color and value.

The rocks are alive with color . . .if one looks. And every surface reflects something back. (I have found rocks to be the most challenging, and the most fun, of any subject I have ever painted. I suppose that is why I keep going back.) So . . . .I had some major changes to make to cause the rocks and water to merge . . . edges, values and colors.

The big red cliff face was indeed a copper color with red highlights, which I have purposely exaggerated as the center of interest, but, no matter what I do in Photoshop, I cannot calm that intense red in this photo.

The foam along the edges of the rocks is in shadow and is a dull violet in the painting, but doesn't show up here. Poop!

The fact is that I had a fantastic time painting this and making adjustments. As I have said before, this whole enterprise is about learning and trying to break through to a new level. I cannot imagine anything that would so entertain me as this is. Thanks to all you readers who make comments . . . even the negative ones (which are welcome here, by the way).

Not that there isn't enough to do, but I can see that I need to learn more about Photoshop!


Nava said...

The rocks now look like majestic animals crouching at the edge of the water in demonstrable territorialism. (Hmm - did I just say that?).

It's wonderful - love the shapes, the colors and the brushwork. This one seems so much more confident and powerful than the previous version.

Ah, Photoshop... yup - it's always tricky to get the colors right.

Mike said...

Oh, Yes! Demonstrable terratorialism is PRECISELY what I had in mind! Who wouldn't?

ALL the colors are waaaay off in this. Go figger!

y'need to see it in person, I guess, but thanks for the positive encouragement, Nava!

Robin Weiss said...

A marked improvement with the adjustments Mike. The plain at the top of the cliffs now draws me into the scene and creates a distance. The forground rocks are better, darker in value and the ocean has nice depth. Wish I could see it in person!

Ambara said...

I used photoshop lately and it helped me identify the values easily.
This painting, "Adjustments"is very vibrant and dynamic.I really can't find anything negative about it.

Mike said...

Thanks again, Robin and Ambara. I must say that this and the other photos absolutely stink! The painting looks nothing like this! Really!