Art by Jeff Knecht

Shadows

02 Feb 2009

Despite the cold, today was sunny. The dentist on the corner has a nice green awning that catches the shadow of the traffic light when the sun hits it just right.

There are parts of this that I am really happy with, and parts that I’d rather forget. All part of the learning experience, I suppose.

In particular, I wish I’d left the building (brick, awning, etc.) a whole lot more pale to give some additional contrast to the light pole and shadow. I was impatient, though (this is getting be a theme), and was trying to shortcut the process by guessing how dark it would come out on the first pass instead of working in layers. And the more I worked the painting, the less straight my lines got. I know better; that’s what really bugs me.