Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cactus and Lace

Nancy Herman
6" x 8"
oil on canvas board

In this painting I used a new kind of charcoal to sketch in the scene and it turned out to be a big mistake, as the charcoal is too dark and mixed with the paint.  So now that the whole thing is dry I will have to paint it over again.  The theme of the painting is the way light is filtered through lace and even some cactus leaves and the intrusion of the charcoal outline is really intrusive.  I didn't realize how bad it was until I saw it up close on the computer as I scanned it in for the blog.  You will be seeing a better version of this in a few days.  It is something of an exercise in simultaneous contrast and with lines around the shapes that simply is lost.