Thursday, July 24, 2014
With the Sun
I have recently been painting and talking "contre jour". Setting up looking into the sun with the palette in shade. So here is a painting set up with the sun behind me. Still with shade on the palette so I'm in the shade staying cool. At this time of day I have max an hour to catch one lighting type without chasing and having several paintings in one. The solution to that problem is to do several paintings in a row. If you can paint "what you see" you will have a series of colour studies as the light changes - a la Monet.
Evans Wash Day, 8x10, Oil on Canvas on Board
This photo is a bit rich.
This is closer to what I saw and painted most of the time. The top photo is more what it looked like as a thin cloud cover moved in at the end of our time.
You will notice how there is more colour with lower light - top. The bright light washes out some of the colour. So, is the painting about colour or light?
Contre jour would increase the colour and contrast considerably.