Friday, November 19, 2010
start with your concept/ diffused golden light
November in the Mid-Atlantic is a beautiful time. Small touches of orange and gold, diffused light, subtle grays..ahhh! Diffused light makes the light and color bounce. It makes shadows soft and grays color filled. Because light changes so quickly at the transitional times of day I had to simplify my scene- which was an old apple orchard. Choices.
Detail is never the artist's friend, instead essence is far more important. Since I always start with a concept I know what I am aiming for...what is the essence I want. Without that you just wander. I knew that I wanted a softness of light and an golden connection. The gold played itself out as pinks in shadow, as white gold in the sky and in oranger gold in the tree and warmed parts of the ground.
On a separate note...this morning I woke up at 5 so that I could paint the twilight. When I went to check on the kittens I noticed that Luchianna (Luchi) was making funny noises with her throat and pawing at her mouth. I could see anything inside, but knew something was wrong. She and I left for the all night emergency care and the vet took out a 3/4 inch piece of wicker in the top of her throat!
She wanted me to write about her adventure. She is feeling fine now.