This painting was an experiment, combining two perspective effects: atmospheric perspective using the full colour spectrum (background blue, middle ground yellow, foreground red); and a light effect (background dark, middle ground light, foreground dark). I didn’t think it through before starting, and the two effects don’t make sense together at all. I also didn’t give any thought to the actual objects, I just wanted to try the light and colour effects.
I don’t like the result, but there are details that I like better than the whole image: for example, the ground.This light effect reminds me of paintings that I like by Edward Hopper.
One of the things I especially dislike about the Bird People painting is the colour palette. I usually try to keep my colours saturated so that my colour blindness doesn’t cause me to confuse them, but that gets really tiresome and in this case it resulted in a palette that I don’t like at all. I tried viewing the picture in black and white, and it made me think about how much more confident I am with dark/light value relations, rather than colour relations.
So I’m taking a break from negotiating my colour blindness, and going back to painting in black and white. First, reacquainting with the grey scale.
Photographing these requires the camera to be set on the correct white-balance, otherwise the whites come out too warm or cool. When that happens, it’s tempting to use PhotoShop to make the image “black-and-white” (I did this with the ones above), or to partially desaturate the image (the one below), but neither is really accurate. Photographing paintings is an art in itself, and I need to work on it.