Saturday, December 1, 2007

Sweet Reflections

Sweet Reflections II (4" x 6") colored pencil on Stonehenge Sold

This is the complementary underpainting for Sweet Reflections II. I chose Dark Green and Celadon Green for the cherries to create the value study. Since the reflections were part of a mostly greenish-blue surface I chose Black Grape and Tuscan Red (complements) to create the values. There is a very light pink in the background to add a little variation to the greenish-blue background. The emphasis when working on white is to model the shadow areas, leaving white paper for highlights and pure colors.


This is the underpainting for Sweet Reflections I using White colored pencil. So instead of creating shadows (see example above), I am creating the highlights leaving the shadow areas the black of the paper.
Once the white underpaint is done, then I work the dark shadow areas with color, then the midtones, then color in the highlights comes last.

Sweet Reflections I (4" x 6") colored pencil on black LetraMax Sold

This is one of the few paintings I have done on both black paper and white paper. You can see the difference in the mood of the finished piece.


Fannie said...

Hi, Cindy~

More amazing work!
Where do you purchase your LetraMax?

Cindy said...

Hi Fannie, Thank you! I purchase it at our local art stores. I have never found it at Michael's or Hobby Lobby. Any of the online stores should have it. I purchase it as a larger board 18 x 24 (?) and cut it down to the pieces I need.