Our apples from Saturday class are back but I made a few changes to the still-life. I presented some different approaches to handling the subject. Some of these studies were done in two or three steps and some were done in one shot except for the stems which I usually do last.
TOP ROW: I used the grey value process. Step one is in the middle.
SECOND ROW: The first step (in the middle) for the apples was a light yellowish green with a darker green touched in while wet. When dry, I painted the cleft. I allowed the apple to dry again before I re-wet the entire area with clean water and touched in the red.
BOTTOM ROW: The apples in the bottom row were done in one shot (except the stems). The small amount of white paper under the cleft was dry and prevented the darker value in the cleft from running down into the rest of the apple.
Here’s a shot of me at work on the demonstration. Notice the awkward way I hold my brush. I don’t recommend it. I just started at an early age and didn’t know any better.
The students chose whichever process appealed to them. As always, it makes for an interesting critique.
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