Did a pivot back to the “canvas” today, so Daily Sketch continues tomorrow.
I returned to the challenge of the cellophane wrapped vase, having run into numerous problems that I just couldn’t figure out. But after some time to think through why the cellophane just didn’t look right, I came up with 3 primary issues to fix:
- Too many highlights. The painting looked like it had run into a bird poop tornado! Luckily I had learned how to remove these with a painting knife from the Cheifetz workshop last month; added some pics of the removal of one of the offending highlights.
- The highlights were to rounded. The cellophane highlights should be at hard angles which helps give the sense of stiff shapes, as opposed to softer material like fabrics.
- The values were wrong. Needed warmer grays on the light source side (left) and a wider range of lights.
In the end, I’m pleased with the results given it was a first effort with this somewhat complicated medium. Next time I will make sure the wrapping of the still life object is done with more purpose and in tighter bunches. This composition was poorly designed on my part. The cellophane was a loose gathering on the left side and lacked enough tight fitting accents, which would have made it easier to interpret.
Thank you! Your comment reminds me that I need to take a stab at another cellophane still life. Maybe an aluminum tea pot wrapped tightly this time.
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I am truly impressed. This is an absolutely fantastic piece!
I think it’s terrific, Bern. Who cares if the composition part isn’t perfect — that wasn’t the point. Also like the sketches. I should do that too — it’s certainly been suggested!