90 From Life: Day 1 – Peach and Mist
This is the beginning of an exciting new project: I’m doing a 90 day challenge in which each day I do one painting from life.
This painting features a metal plant mister and a peach from a friend’s garden. The lights in my studio cast shadows on both the right and left. Ordinarily, I would try to control that, but for this painting I liked the effect so I incorporated it.
I chose to bracket the values in this painting. The value simply refers to the degree of lightness or dark. Ordinarily, pure black is the darkest dark and pure white the lightest light.
For this painting, though, I set a mixture of about 3 on the Munsell scale as my brightest bright and a mixture of about 8 to be my darkest dark (to learn more about the Munsell color system, read this article.
This was an interesting restriction, and it forced to to consciously think about a number of things I would ordinarily do out of habit. The result may be a little too indistinct in some passages – I would have preferred a greater contrast – but all in all a successful exercise and a good start to the project.
Here’s a video where I show the model I worked from, and discuss the outcome of the painting: