Visiting the California wine country last year we chose our accommodations based on interior painting potential. That's normal, right? The Queen Anne style Vintage Towers Inn in Cloverdale was the perfect place. We were visiting off-season, on a week day, so I was able to rearrange some of the elegant furnishings and set up a still life or two.
I am fascinated by the way the old masters render rich fabrics, clearly indicating velvet, silk, satin or organdy, so naturally, the quixotic shifting light of silk taffeta curtains caught my eye. Taffeta moves from shadow to highlight very quickly. It's difficult to paint because the dramatic changes seem unrealistic and illogical. As is often the case, you have to trust what you see rather than what you think. And the challenge was compounded with stripes - always tough to carry shadows and light across stripes!
In this still life, the shapes of the salt and pepper shakers suggested "eveningwear" to me. A salty, white-gowned bride and peppery, tuxedo-clad groom!
So... the stage was set for The Happy Couple!
Placement, drawing and establishing values.
Adding definition to the shakers and more color range to the drapery.
At this stage the salt and pepper shakers seemed a bit too cool relative to the warm drapery and something needed to be done so they looked like they belonged in the same painting.
I thought the answer was to warm up the color of the shaker which helped a little, but not enough for this still life.
|detail of The Happy Couple ©2015 Dorothy Lorenze|
Ultimately, lightening and warming the wood trim pulled the composition together. Now the window frame hugs the bride and groom connecting them to their elegant curtain call. Cheers to The Happy Couple!
|The Happy Couple ©2015 Dorothy Lorenze, 8x10"|
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