Continuing on with yesterday's garlic painting below, I am still in a foodie state of mind. I am happy with the progress on the onion and the garlic in this WIP but this ginger is kicking my ass! I want the colours to be interesting and not just a flat brown - I see so many other colours when I look at ginger - but I am currently struggling with making it different enough from the onion and garlic and getting the value right
As you can see, I am in the early stages of the ginger and the value needs to be much much darker. Darker than the garlic but not darker then the onion while still keeping the colours different enough so that it doesn't become one with the other elements.
I think I will also be gently scrubbing out a little color on the garlic where it meets the gjnger. Now that the ginger is going in, I can see that I went a little darker than I should have on that side.
I keep starting paintings with the intention of adding ink at the end but just can't bring myself to do it when I am so happy with the finished painting before the ink! Perhaps this time I will go for it. We shall see
Back to that darn ginger!
These are the notes I took while making Chrysanthemum. I struggled with this one - the paint and water took me to a different place than I had originally envisioned and I had a hard time going with the flow. In the end, I am happy with the piece and where it led me. Sometimes it's best to sit back, trust the process, trust yourself and let go of what was originally in your head. 99.9% of the time, that zen state that you go into while painting is going to lead you in the direction you were intended to go to in the first place. Lesson learned!