SOLD 6x6 inch oil on gessobord
This painting is the first in a series of nativity paintings. I know it is still a little early for Christmas but I'm getting ready for the Indie Trunk Show! I was unsure what it would be like to paint objects that are only neutral colors. It was a good challenge and overall I like how it turned out. I've finished two others and hope to post them over the next few days. I drew some value sketches before painting them. I think it helped. I only used three values: black sharpie for the darkest, pencil for the mid values, and the white of the paper for the lightest values. I didn't always stick to the plan but I was thoughtful about it when I deviated.
Although I enjoyed painting them, I'm feeling the itch to have a little more fun. I'm not sure what that means yet, but I feel like loosening up. One message I've heard a by a couple of artists lately is EXPERIMENT. That's not too hard to do when you are painting something almost every day. I think I'm need to do some experimenting...with color and looseness. One thing I want to try is switching up colors while sticking to the same values. I also want to paint in some fun and fresh colors.
Here is the thumbnail sketch I did for this painting:
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