Caroline Henry Art Blog
I wish I had taken a before photo of this still life. I painted with a group last Tuesday. We were working from a still life set up which included a lemon, a rose, and a cluster of rose leaves against black velvet and white linen. Most of them worked on a vertical plane, but I decided to do a horizontal composition. I did not want to center the two major items in the still life, but in my effort to get them off-center, I wound up with the center of my white rose creating a bull's eye effect at the middle of the painting. The area to the right of it was only draperies.
I liked the form of the rose, and I liked the lemon with its rich yellows, its greenish low-lights and the bright white highlight. But I knew I needed to kill the effect of all that white around circular darks at the center of this acrylic. After two days of scowling at it, I painted gray all over the rose, rubbing it back out but leaving a dulling film. Then I added the yellow rose and built up my purple folds in the black fabric a bit. With that and the help on more better shadows under the objects, I had pushed the white rose back and softened its appearance. By this time I had something I was willing to sign my name to.
All in all I enjoyed solving the problems presented by this little 8×10 still life.