Artist Diaries: Altering the foundation colors of the fountain with some Dioxazine Purple

    The colors of the fountain are warmed up and lightened. The blue dining tables start to take shape as well.
    The colors of the fountain are warmed up and lightened. The blue dining tables start to take shape as well.

    This week, I warmed up and lightened the colors of the fountain so that it would not look so foreboding.

    If you recall, last week, because of the darkness of the fountain relative to the other elements of the painting, Clint noted it looked like the fountain would swing open and the Batmobile would drive out. Since this painting is of photo I took while in Rome, such an incident which could only happen in Gotham would not be appropriate.

    I think I’ve addressed the issue this week by doing two things.

    Firstly, I used Burnt Umber and Dioxazine Purple as my base colors instead of the cooler tones created by the combination of Burnt Umber and blue. This did require me to then adjust the base with a little bit of Yellow Ochre. I used this base and layered it onto various parts of the fountain to give it greater depth. Secondly, I used a bit more white and a touch of Yellow Ochre in my lightest shade of this base color and put in some highlights in key parts of the fountain. I think I was able to achieve the goal I had set out.

    I also started to add more dimension to the dining tables and continued to shade the underside of the large umbrella. Next week I will complete this and start making a third pass of the painting starting once more from the top.

    Once I am done this, I will be able to add the pots of plants and flowers in the foreground.

    The painting is coming along. However, every time I think I am making some progress, I pass the art galleries in San Francisco as I am off to another theater event and realize…I have a long way to go. At least, I optimistically say to myself, I can discern this fact.

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    • Cynthaitom6

      You are an artist and your work is very painterly, better than most of the galleries in San Francisco. I found Stark insider via ArtMRKT on Facebook and came across your info.
      I am the board president of Asian American Women Artist Association, AAWAA in San Francisco. http://www.aawaa.net
      and a Chinese American artist, painter, mixed media, installation, curator, on and on. http://www.cynthiatom.com
      If you don’t mind, I’d like to send you a press release for an upcoming AAWAA May exhibition entitled
      A Place of Her Own at SOMArts in San Francisco. 24 Asian American women artists showcased.
      Thanks for putting your art process out there for everyone to participate in.
      Trust your gift, you are an artist.
      Thanks for your consideration,
      Cynthia Tom
      cynthiatom6@gmail.com