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Self Analysis - Limited Color

For this assignment, I focused on the area I found the most engaging in the still life, which also happened to be one of the most complex. Regarding my colors, I tried to stay true to the original values in the still life. I began my painting by priming the canvas with multiple layers of gesso, which I then sanded down with 400 grit sandpaper. After priming my canvas with gesso, I used burnt sienna to coat the canvas. I then sketched my painting outline on the canvas and began blocking out shapes in paint.

I had some difficulties with keeping the paint wet and subsequently blending it. I guess I am hoping for some magical paint that dries when I want and stays wet when I want it to. Unfortunately, this is not possible.

The most successful part of this piece is the fabric I painted. I like how I incorporated the purple values I saw from observation. One place that could be improved upon is the background on the left side of the piece. I could have incorporated a lot more values and added a lot more depth to it.

I plan to improve my use of lights and darks for my next painting. As an artist, I stick to the middle values. I plan to use more drastic tints and shades in my next painting.


Blocking In Colors

Adding Colors

Finished Piece

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