I've got a new mixed media painting to show you. It's textured. It's metallic. It's got lots of layers.
What does all that mean? It means it's one of the world's hardest paintings to photograph and get the colors accurate. No... seriously. The metallic pewter color (and a bit of copper) on this has such a pretty luminous glow to it, not the harsh shiny metallic,... but is a PAIN to photograph! Trust me on this. I had the same problem with my "Chemistry of Copper" painting (same products). Metallics are tough to photograph. You want a bit of a glare to show the lustery goodness, but too much of a glare makes all the pretty colors go away... so it tends to either look too dark, or too washed out. And because I'm Anal Annie when it comes to getting things right... I photographed this piece FIVE times over the last week. Yup.
Wow. Big tangent.
Anywho... here's my latest painting...The first photo at the top of this post seems to reflect more copper in the top right corner than it has in person, but the rest of it is pretty accurate... maybe.
Because I know you're like me (scary), I know you'd like to see this painting's ugly beginning. It started as a scrap canvas... used to scrape leftover paint products onto so I didn't waste any. Talk about yucky, but a nice way to start building texture for a future painting!
Oh boy, I just realized something. I have about six paintings going right now... and half of them are done with these metallics... so I'm either going to...
1. get really frustrated photographing them and give up metallics
2. strangle myself
3. get really good at photographing metallics
4. loosen up my perfectionist nature and adopt a "eh... close enough" type attitude (HA!).
Stay tuned to see what happens... I'm a bit curious myself ;-)