Monday, April 4, 2011

Challenge 18 - Cherries in Love

Thank you once again for participating in the PADT challenge - "Red Rose"...and welcome to the new challenge - "Cherries In Love"!

All of us love a great inviting composition which brings our creative juices to the boiling point.

An irresistible urge is sparked and we are ready to grab the paint brush and start to create, this time for sure, a real masterpiece.

However, 20% down the road the painting does not look like it is going to be a masterpiece, 30% down the motivation to go on is close to the river bed, and 50% down the road the failed masterpiece is 1 m away from the garbage can. We all know those feelings too well to admit that no one is an exception. It takes great courage and bravery to show your work here at PADT and accept the heaviness of the "public" eyes and critique.

If you feel like this, rest assured that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. It is a normal part of growing up and learning. Just remember that each attempt counts. Be brave and be grateful - for the lesson learned - and move on.

About the photo reference

In the above picture, the labels may not appear to be clearly visible. However, please note that this is a very high resolution picture. You can right click on it and save it on your computer and then zoom in to each label.

In this composition I wanted to share with you the most important elements of a 3-dimensional representation. I especially want to emphasize how important it is to be able to "see" all elements that help in describing that appearance. I intentionally lightened the above photo so that now you can see all the important shadow elements in this composition.

The main goal to achieve in this challenge is to paint the cherries as if you can grab them out of the canvas, fully alive and 3 dimensional. How? Analyze all described elements in the second photo and make sure you "see" them, understand them, and paint them with the appropriate, color, value, chroma-vibrancy and color temperature. Make sure you do not forget the importance of the lines and edges (hard or soft).

Please send a photo of your painting the latest by April 23rd. The next painting reference will be posted on Sunday, April 24th.

1 comment:

Log Cabin Studio said...

What a great challenge.There are so many lovely paintings, it is too hard to comment on all of them .I think they are all wonderful.