The Stages of the Scapes

in progress painting of veggie still life

Scapes painting stage 2.  click on image to view larger

Here are some further photos of stages in the painting. At this stage I hopedit could be ok, but I felt overwhelmed by I put down the colors of the kale but was getting lost in the curves, ruffles, and edges. After doing anything BUT painting on this — i.e. cleaning the baseboards, organizing closets, I think some of you will understand these impulses! — I realized I need to look at each section and develop it in an attempt to not get lost. Following the process one would use to paint petals of a flower. Work on each and build it up to a certain level, what feels right, and then do another.

In process painting of veggie still life

Scapes painting stage 3.  Click on image to view larger

So here’s the following stage.  I  worked on the swirl of the bud of the scape, to the left of the pepper.  It needs a bit more refining but it’s more true to the spiral.

I worked on various sections of the leaf.  I knew I wanted the detail where it would catch your eye in the middle of the painting, near the red pepper — because red and green are complements so they “zing” against each other and that draws your eye.  I knew I didn’t want a lot of detail, at least not now, in the darker, blue green shadows in the bottom right corner.  With the advice and support of great friends in my painting group — you know who you are! — they counseled me on lifting out some lights, and going in later with the DARKS to give the leaf depth.  Right now it is all medium values, if you squint at it, the kale is all one value, no darks in it so spike it up!

So that’s what’s coming next…  stay tuned….

Thanks for stopping by.  I’d love to hear from you — your thoughts, reactions, advice, critique!  it’s all welcome.

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3 thoughts on “The Stages of the Scapes

  1. Pingback: Farmer’s Market Scapes | Rachel Murphree Watercolors

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