touch up the background and make the tones relate more to each other.
I am pleased with the result and the time it took me, this is the end of day 5.
I then oil in the background and see how my darks really look against the
lights. I also got the frame and put the painting in the frame, so I can see
the end result. This marks the end of day 4.
Then I started painting the apple and the apple peeler. I start seeing the
painting come together. Its a good idea to section off the painting in
different areas to a finish, thats how Anthony Van Dyke painted. Once you are
done you move on to the next and take it to a finish. When its done as a whole
you can judge what needs improvement, its more of an efficient way to get a
painting done, rather than just painting all over the place and not having a
plan of execution.
I then took a break and painted the apples and lemon. My darks were already
starting to sink in, but I will oil them in later. Its a good idea to oil in your darks
though before you paint around them, it makes you see the darks better and you
can judge how high or low in chroma you wanna go. When I am done painting this area I
am done with day 3.
Then I started painting the woven basket. Getting those intricate areas was not
as difficult as I thought it would. It was more generalizing the shapes. At times
details are not so important.
I then started blocking in the wood area and started giving the background some
lighter tones. I do this because when I start painting the apples in the middle
ground the background and wood would be dry by then and I can alter any area
I want without worrying about the paint not being dry. When I covered these areas
it was the end of day 2.