Wicker in shade

I started this a few weeks ago by doing a value sketch but never had time to complete the colour version. Today is not really a good day to be sketching outside (snow, then freezing rain and now rain!) so I painted this on my favorite Fabriano soft press paper with a palette of Winsor Violet, Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna and New Gamboge.

Wicker in Shade

10 Comments on “Wicker in shade”

  1. Valerie says:

    I love your paintings. I’m going to try using a 1″ and 2′ brush.

    When you think of it, could also include the dimensions of your artin your comments?

    Thank you very much for sharing.


  2. Ross C says:

    Oh, this is really interesting… is this a colour study on the way to a larger, more detailed painting or is this the final? I love the placement of the three subjects and all of that background stuff works so well… and the way the chair sits in half shade… I think it would have been less interesting if the chair was completely in the light.
    And is this really a square format? That is so clever of you… it is not obvious at first because of all of the strong verticals in the background, but I checked on the screen with my scale rule and it certainly appears to be square.

    • It is about 7.5 in. x 7.5 in (19 cm x 19 cm) so it could be either. I could work it up into a bigger painting but then maybe I would lose the freshness. I may just leave it as is.
      I always get bored if I do the same thing many times as well. I love to move on to something new.

      • Ross C says:

        You are definitely Queen of the Minatures! Are you trying to cut expenses by painting on such small pieces of paper? Personally, I could easily see this working really well at say 30 x 30cm… or larger. All you would need to do is use some of those big brushes and resist the urge to stiffen up as you paint.

      • Yes, I am trying to save my pennies by using itty bitty pieces of paper. This actually would be nice bigger so I may try it. I’ll have to dust off my house painting brushes.

  3. Lee Kline says:

    i love how you define an object such as the chair by not painting it, but painting the negative space within and around it. Breathtaking blue there in the chair and the shadows. So right for a snowy day. I think I recall a monochromatic version of this a few weeks back. Or is old age getting to me?

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