Thursday, August 4, 2011

T is for tavern-sold

Oil on canvas, 20" x 24"
This is one of my favorite buildings in downtown Providence, and I've painted it several times. The light in the afternoon is very intriguing.
Getting ready for this show at the FAN Gallery, I've worked a lot from photos on the computer. One thing I've found is that it seems to be easy, particularly on larger pieces, to let your darks become too light. Photos on a monitor have so much more light and color than a print of the same image! Before you know it, all your shadows are too light and you've lost the contrast that you need. I had to work back into this to reestablish the darks. It can be helpful to make a print so you can find a happy medium, because prints are hard to work from too- the lights are too light and the darks are too dark. The truth is somewhere in between...


Fay Terry said...

Lots of interesting detail in this one. I always love how you handle a subject and the advice about darks and computer versus prints is very true.

Anonymous said...

try tilting your screen - it helps to change the contrast when you are painting from a photograph.
Harry, admirer from Holland