Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Red skin potato #2

red skin potato #2
10/8: Red skin potato #2, oil on canvas panel, approx. 4x6 in. SOLD

I find these potatoes can be real tricky to do when the skin is in half-shadow, when its translucency shows. It involved (for me) a lot of trial and error and back and forth, especially here as the potato is cut and more light filters through the skin from the inside. Then making the reflected light parts feel balanced against these more transparent areas while trying to keep the whole form solid just adds to the problem, a very different challenge from painting the skin in the light.

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