Thursday, June 23, 2011

Weekly Challenge #20

Watermelon, 6x6" oil
      The challenge this week at: was to paint from a photograph supplied by Carol Marine... and to paint it upside-down!  Great exercise for tricking the brain into seeing what really is instead of what it thinks it knows.  I used the same technique with a portrait this week and it helped me line up the features.  
      Carol's reference photo had a turquoise background which I toned down by using ultramarine blue instead.  Not that I have anything against turquoise, but recently had a bad experience using it for a background in another painting.  It's a strong color and tends to take over.  Love just a touch of turquoise as an accent though. 

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