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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Hello! I am a fine arts painter, with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My primary painting medium is oil and alkyd, and mostly I work in a representational style. My greatest challenge as a painter is to capture the effect of light; and my greatest joy as a painter is to accomplish that. Many thanks to those readers who have been following this blog since Day 1 (May 19, 2008). To those who are visiting for the first time today...Welcome, and thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Paint It Black

Black Purse, Red Lipstick
Original, oil on canvas panel

Contact Artist to purchase.

It's been about a week since I posted the grisaille rendering of this "still life." You would think that a black purse would be easy to paint...just use black paint mixed with white. But then the purse has no color—it's just all shades of gray, like the grisaille rendering.

To create "black," I mixed various combinations of dark pigments—phthalo blue, phthalo green, alizarin crimson, burnt umber, and burnt sienna
and then mixed in some white to paint the highlights and lighter tones.

I painted on it last week and yesterday, and I do believe it is finished.

If you are interested in purchasing this painting, please contact me, and I will email you a better photo. The painting will be dry enough to put on the scanner in a day or two.

Thanks for looking. Have a good day today, and a wonderful Thursday. See you Friday!
Text, images, and artwork ©Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

1 comment:

Flying Colors said...

I have been waiting to see this piece finished and it is wonderful.
The subtle colors are a relief to the mind and I find I am looking more deeply at the piece; realizing the lines of composition and the small nuances in the color black.
The shadow of the lipstick with the strap of the purse is fabulous.
Definitely on the go!