Friday, 2 May 2014

Dreary day for painting.

Now I know we need rain
and yes it's vital for life
but who says it can't only rain at night
or when I don't have time to paint.

It's pouring outside and 
dark and dreary inside.

Yes, I know I could buy a daylight bulb
but hubby won't go for that
and I don't think it would work in my daggy old
ceiling fan anyway.
By the way the ceiling fan gave up the ghost
this summer so I can't use it anyway.

I'm starting to think that my
icky poo, pookack coloured canvas
is causing this icky poo weather.

It all started in my painting class.
It seems that I'm tone blind, as opposed to tone deaf,
which I could be but that's another story.
I can copy a colour as a finished product but I can't 
do layers of the mid tones and darks and lights,
so my teacher made me turn a beautiful pale blue and
 turquoisy lilac canvas into the monstrosity
 you see before you.

Now I have to try and put in the birds colours using their tones
and not just the crazy bright colours that I usually do.

I was forced, kicking and screaming, 
well whinging and whining,
to mix up the yuk greeny yellow for the tail in class
but now I have it at home I've brightened
 up a bit with the wing.
Yes I know, the wing should be a browny colour but I just couldn't do it
and since my teacher isn't here, I'm doing it brightish.
Oops, couldn't help myself here,
 probably get in trouble for that.
Not supposed to put all the bits in with paint
 as I'm going to glaze in the tones. 
 So I'll bring it down for the red bits.
Eew, it looks so flat and boring, I know the glaze
 will do all sorts of things to make it better
 but my little brain can't seem to see it.
I have to do the body now. 
Since it's so dark and dreary I may 
have to use much brighter colours. 
 Of course that's just so I can see it
in this light, you understand don't you?

Just to brighten up this day, 
I've finished my other bird.
He's nice and bright!!

The photo was taken yesterday
 when the sun was out (sigh).
I'm calling it "Hanging with my buds"
get it??  I know I'm a sad cookie.

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