Today for my building a daily art habit I will be finishing those pears.
In my research into building a habit I also looked at doing a painting everyday. I first thought, No thanks! I would never get to spend enough time and thought on a painting to really achieve what I was going for.
Now sometimes I do finish a painting in one day. But I don't know that I would want to do that everyday. I think there is merit in the concept and I think I will explore this idea a little more. Maybe using it as a warm up exercise. Getting to try out different subjects or concepts. Just for practice with no pressure to do great things. Looking at it as a learning exercise. I will get back to you on my thoughts on this.
Back to those pears now.
Today I will be looking at my hard and soft edges and seeing where I need to make adjustments.
Now the trick to doing soft edges is blurring that line between the background and the object. This is easy when the paint is wet but what to do when the paint is dry. If you have ever tried to adjust something on an acrylic painting you know how tricky it can be. You don't want to be repainting the whole background. First off the closer in tone the background is to the edge you want to blur the better. If you mix in some of the background colour into the object colour along the edge you want to soften it will sink into the background and appear soft.
This is really noticeable when painting a distant mountain. That mountain should be close to the tone of the sky in the distance and greyer and cooler than the foreground mountains. If you mix some of the sky colour into your distant mountain colour is will recede even further.
The other thing I will be checking is if my tones are strong enough. To bring light into a painting you need to be brave with tones. Ask yourself, Are they dark enough? Is there enough contrast? Is the greatest contrast at my focal point?
Step back and look at your painting. The painting will look different close up to far away. Tones appear much greater close up. It's not until you step back, you realise that you have blended away your strong contrasts.
Here is the finial video on this pear painting. Have you set up a still life yet to try out. Painting from a real object is the fastest way I know to improve your painting.