Here’s my favorite of the ornament paintings so far. I think I’ll keep the tree up a bit longer this year and use it as a sketching/painting prop! and besides I love the serenity of the lights…
This is stage one of the painting. I knew I wanted soft fuzzy backgrounds suggesting lights and atmosphere and cranberries, but I added the magenta orbs of color too early and they ballooned out. I took the hard edge on the right, softened it a bit, and took a round stencil to pencil in a ball shape and then played wet in wet. I love the “star” pattern that magically appeared and I won’t be able to duplicate in exactly the same way again. You can see the pink undertones in the finished painting and I put in a cranberry strand above it, finding out that the colors will cover paler pigments.
The full 8 x 8 painting isn’t strong compositionally — I don’t like the even spacing of two items on the page, so I had fun cropping it in various ways. Here are some options and a little poll to take, if you’d like, to tell me which crop or original is your favorite. We haven’t done one of these in awhile….
Christmas Star Cropping — which do you prefer?