Low-key painting is usually of reduced intensity; restrained; understated having chiefly dark tones, usually with little tonal contrast
High-key painting is a style of lighting that is bright, even, and produces little contrast between light and dark areas of the scene.-, usually with little tonal contrast.
Look forward, look backwards and know where you are. We are all taught that as a child. Here my beautiful granddaughter is experiencing that in all innocence. As artists, we need to let some of the innocence we lost as we became adults come back into our art. You decide the best way to decide what innocence you miss the most.
Growing up on a farm, the first “car” I ever drove was our John Deere tractor. I don’t know if sitting on my father’s lap, holding the steering wheel between his powerful hands is really driving, but at about five years old, it sure flet like it to me.
Looking for the different shades of yellow in this tiny 6 x 6 painting of a Bell Pepper. Sometimes practicing on something small is fun, but a little harder than one might think. This took about 20 minutes and good music to do.
Every class you take brings information to you that is new or different or seen in a different manner. A class I am taking with artist Emilya Lane is working on different value studies. Last week we had about an hour per piece to paint one in high chroma and one in low chroma. Both are posted and it would be interesting to know if you can immediately tell which one is which….
Before beginning a trip down the Yangtze River in China we stopped at the dam that changed the future and the eco-culture of area. Seeing something this big in structure, beautifully designed, and melting into the atmosphere was inspiring.
Several years ago on a “Day Trip” to Ensenada and beyond with my oldest son, Chadwyck we took his pickup truck down into a part of Mexico where no one spoke much English. Driving along cliffs, to a small resort along the coast was exhilarating, especially for someone a little afraid of heights. The port was lovely and I took this photo of fishing boats tied together. I later gave the painting to my son, but kept the photo and did this water color sketch, which one of my husband’s favorite. To me, it reminds of a wonderful and somewhat eventful day that I spent with my son. Memories are the rewards of life.
Walking up to Edmonds from the ferry is this sad building waiting to have a life. It will be the new beginning for a fun young business or maybe retirement income for someone like me.
The original photo is a little more forlorn, but has such character.
Sometimes simple little water color sketches can catch the essence of the day. It is so gray outside in lovely Kingston, Washington I decided a sunny little of sketch of one of my favorite boats might brighten the day.
Mailboxes are fascinating to me. Think of how much of our life “used” to revolve around the mail box. Before internet, it was how we heard from friends and loved ones. Rural mail boxes bring back the memory of hearing the mailman coming down the road, and running out to see what excitement had arrived that day. As we mature, we mostly see bills and lots and lots of advertisements and in my case magazine.