Thursday, 22 September 2016

First Day of Autumn

oil painting of First Day of Autumn, two dogs in autumn sunlight, basset hounds in the sun
This one has complicated patterns of light and shadow. I tried to paint only the shapes I could see and not worry about the actual subject matter - this warm dark, that cool light and so on - one square inch at a time more or less. By painting the shapes,in the correct size, colour and value, eventually two dogs will emerge. It took a surprisingly long time. I tried not to use the same colours in the shadows as I used in the lights (in order to differentiate them more securely). I tried to keep some mystery, especially in the shadows, and not sweat the detail. 
Happy Autumn Equinox. I hope the sun is shining where you are.