Sunday, April 18, 2010

Working in Red, Painting in Three Dimensions

Creating a three-dimensional effect is a goal I am always trying to achieve when painting fruit such as these pears. It requires careful attention to the values, reflections, and shadows in each shape. Although the theory of creating such an effect is in my mind, every time a change in hue occurs, I am challenged all over again. Reds can be tricky, so I worked in red the past few days trying to get it right.

6 comments:

Bonnie Heather said...

They're looking good Nancy. I think that will be my next project but not in red yet... that's very difficult. You mastered it well.

Christine said...

FANTASTIC! Nancy, I am blown away by this painting. Well done!

Kathy said...

You definitely got it right!

Nancy Merkle said...

Thanks to all for the kind words!

Beth Parker said...

This is gorgeous!! Reds are some of my very favorite colors to paint with and I don't do it enough! I love yours!

Nancy Merkle said...

Thanks, Beth. Even though red is one of my favorites, when I'm painting with red, it often gives me fits. I'm glad this one turned out well, because sometimes I toss red paintings in the trash. :)