Branches in Wind

close up showing darker areas

close up showing darker areas

flash used

flash used

Branches in Wind looks similar to earlier images posted here but  I darken the dark areas and added some color in the branches. (I used the new colors.)  Again, the background is more purple. Perhaps, different systems may display the colors differently. One of the quirks of digital media. Overall, I am pleased with it.

I am still working on the other large tree painting, going slowly. I may have to turn it against the  studio wall for awhile.

Oil Paints

I guess this could be viewed as shameless promotion but I really like Maimeri Classico oil paints. I’ve used them since grad school. The colors are rich and easy to work with. I’ve used them for so long that I have a good idea how they are going to work. Lately, I’ve been just buying the cheapest oil color as needed from the local art store. Then Jerry’s Artarama sent me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I got some of my favorite Classico colors as well as some new ones. I was happy to see that Jerry’s is carrying Manet brushes. I could only find them in France and the last time I was there was in 2000!! ( I did stock up at the time but….)  Anyway, I placed my order and am happily awaiting the arrival of my paint supplies. Maybe this will be enough of a push to get me going full steam again.

tree branches in progress

I’m adding 2 images of the painting I’ve been working on today. One is with flash and one without. Note the color changes just from using a flash. The background is definitely a purple. The contrast of lights and darks are better represented by the no flash image. The large tree that I posted as finished isn’t. Worked on it today, has a ways to go yet.

with flash background truer to actual color

with flash, background truer to actual color

no flash background bluer but colors of branches look truer to actual painting

no flash, background bluer but colors of branches look truer to actual painting

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