Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dawn Revisited

This is the last week of the Magic Hours class. I wanted to post Nocturnes, but I can't rush the drying process. Each layer of paint needs to fully dry before adding the next. So hopefully, I'll be posted those next week. I think painting nocturnes is the most difficult of the magic hours. The values need to be very close at night time.

Instead, I'm showing what I've continued to work on. Edges. All artists know how important edges are in painting. They make the difference between mediocre and good work. I posted this painting a few weeks ago here. The first time I posted, it was mostly the underpainting with some color. Now that I'm beginning to understand how to accomplish decent edges, I think there is quite a difference. At least there is to me.

The learning curve with edges has been a steep one!


Marion said...

It's coming along really beautifully, Janelle. I never knew what a complex process a painting could be until my older daughter began painting in oils. She's an art teacher at a local high school and has done some amazing paintings. My husband paints in acrylics as a hobby, but I'm more of a craft/collage person. I'm eager to see your finished painting. Blessings!

willow said...

Janelle, you've captured that delicate light of dawn so beautifully here.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Janelle, this is absolutely stunning! I love it!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I can hear the early morning sounds of birds. Your edges turned out great. Very soft and transition really well into the background. What a difference between the early one and this one. A show with a series of these paintings would be quite spectacular!

Pam Holnback said...

Your edges are truly soft. I love the many colors, pink, lavendars, yellows, in the sky.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Marion, Thanks for your kind comments. I love reading all the visual and literary poetry on your blog!

Hi Willow, Looking forward to your ball at the manor. Thanks!

Hi Kathleen - Thanks so much!

Hi Catherine - Hmmm, I think you just gave me an idea! Thanks!

Hi Pam - You must be very observant. There actually are those subtle colors you mentioned in the painting, but I didn't think they would show up on the monitor. Thanks!