I decided to do the monochrome block in again. I used transparent red oxide and then added some ivory black to get the darkest darks. In the final painting, I made the left hand side a little darker in value, as it seemed to fade out of the picture. Adding some darker areas allowed everything to stay together.
We can learn a lot from each other in blogville. Carol Schiff's painting of green grapes made me think a lot more about adding dabs of reflective color. Also, looking at Tammy Hext's work and process with the palette knife has allowed my to be a little braver adding more knife work. I used it in the sky and to add a few dabs of reflections and pure color.
I love these rainy day paintings. If I get brave enough I think I'll try one when it rains.
Wow I think it's not easy to represent and paint rainy days, and u do it very well ! i'm jealous
Lovely yet again Catherine and you are right about us learning from each other. Keep it going :)
Hi Catherine, I like where you put in the knife work - it makes the light look like it is shimmering - nice affect!
This is beautiful! I love the girl walking down the street!
I enjoy everyone of your paintings as they come off your easel, Catherine. You are the reigning queen of city traffic and slippery streets!
Your process is so surprising to me as I have always wondered how you work. My, it is difficult, I am none the wiser! Will just continue to enjoy them!
This is beautiful Catherine, and those bits of brilliant color are just right. You were right in darkening that left side; it holds everything in now. And thanks for the reference to the other blogs -- I learn so much from you and other painters, even though never using paint myself.
I am enjoying seeing the tonal work that you are utilising before finishing the painting. Love the reflections. Kay
I love these dark and rainy scenes! It's rarely rainy where I am so I enjoy soaking up the view vicariously. A really marvelous painting. Bet you can't paint these fast enough for your collectors.
The monochrome with red oxide reminds me of the photos of the dust storms in Australia and China recently.
It's probably what Martian cities look like when the winds kick up.
Excellent results on both of these! I'll have to try that method although I can see mine turning to mud quickly. You have such a talent for these rainy scenes!
Haven't been in the loop Catherine, it has taken me a long time to get back in the swing, and having a few moments of "truth" about painting. Hah, just realized I could have said moments of "doubt", but didn't!! All kinds of discoveries in my psyche....
Looks like you've been busy, hope it's getting sunny there!!!!
Another winner! The red-oxide under-painting really works well here, getting the values right first is more than half the battle isn't it? You must have quite a lot of larger paintings ready now. When you get your show together I will definitely make the effort to come up and see it. You really inspire me to try to work larger.
Enjoyed finding your blog. I like the urban scenes. Very nice painting.
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