I cropped the photo, and then to add another challenge, created a sketch as if seen from the street, looking up, similar to the picture Jelbert used for her painting.
#19: Windows on the World
What I like about the painting:
- I liked the way the masking worked.
- I was pleased with the transition I made between the view in my photo to the perspective I used in the painting.
- It would have been easier to use the earth-tone colors Jelbert used, as she included mixing instructions. However, I decided to try to maintain the original colors of the photo. I was really pleased with the colors of my blocks.
- I liked the lamp in the photo. I regret that I didn't incorporate it in the picture.
- I'd make the flowers stand out by using larger flower pots
- The painting seems static. I'd like to find a way to pull the viewer into the picture.
I used several new techniques in this painting. The first was using masking fluid to block areas I didn't want to cover with paint. I also used paint straight from the tube and applied it to the canvas with a palette knife to create texture, an impasto technique. The texture is more apparent in this view:
Many of the techniques Jelbert demonstrates in this painting are similar to painting with water colors. I have been leery of this medium. It was interesting to experiment with painting some details first, and then painting around them, blending paint on a wet canvas, and using a wash several areas.