April 15, 2011

Red Apple Study I

'Red Apple Study I'
5x7", oil on panel.

'Red Apple Study II'
8x10", oil on canvas.

I have had a challenging time mastering the color red. This apple study allowed me to play with the mixing of different shades and values of red to achieve that brightness that anything red and shiny gives off. I still have a bit of learning to do but for the time being I am pretty happy with the results. What did I learn....well I now know that I need to start out with pure red pigment as my highlights or brightest shade of red from there I just need to mix darker shades and add shadows of reds to allow the pure pigment to pop. 

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