Saturday, February 14, 2009

Painting Study - Pecking Chicken

The subject for this painting is one that I have been meaning to paint for years. Imagine how hard it was for me to keep the box in pristine condition and the key from being lost with small children in my household! That is dedication.

I decided to try something a little different with the lighting. I was in the mood to paint and it was dark outside - normally, I like to use daylight for my pieces. I took a small desk lamp and used it like a spotlight over the subject. What resulted were crisp, small shadows and a nice halo effect in the background.

I really enjoyed the lettering and warm tones on this piece. I think I will be shuffling the elements around soon for another study. Toys are so fun to paint!

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