Wood's brown right? But it's more complex than that. This brown is made with raw umber, ultramarine blue, transparent oxide red, cadmium yellow medium and a little white. After a good bit of experimentation I think I got that rusty brown old pine look.
It turns out capturing texture is all about observation and patience! You know the saying: the devil's in the details. Slow down, look at each detail and see how it fits beside the next.
|Red Anjou Pear ©2013 Dorothy Lorenze|
In the past I've just painted a sort of neutral background in the grey/brown family. Like this:
|Cabbage Peach ©2012 Dorothy Lorenze|
It's OK in this painting because the peach is the star and the paper wrapped around it is busy and adds interest. That's what I tell myself.
But the truth is... I've had a tough time rendering wood. So I am working on it, hence the wood challenge.
I hope you are challenging yourself to grow creatively this year.
I'm happy to say the Red Anjou Pear (on an old wooden box) will be donated to a fundraiser for the Taghkanic Chorale. I hope there are lots of bids!