Could go on adding detail forever & making changes; decided it was time to call it a day! This was a aren't so easy! Based on a photo I took on a visit to San Francisco some years ago.
12" x 12"
water soluble oil on canvas

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Comment by Jessica Futerman on July 25, 2013 at 1:17

Thanks for your cheery comment, Walda!!

Comment by Walda Juhl on July 24, 2013 at 23:42
I enjoy the yellow in the painting; such a bright cheery color! i know what you mean about detail; it surely is hard to know when to stop and often I've stopped too late! ha! happy holidays.
Comment by Jessica Futerman on July 24, 2013 at 17:27

Thanks for the good wishes, Ningning & Silvana!  Taking my brand new field easel along & some paints - might have time for a little plein air painting & I will indeed be checking out all those lights & darks in the light & dark!!

Comment by Silvana M Albano on July 24, 2013 at 8:03

Happy holidays Jessica! I hope you enjoy them!!! But I am sure you will look at dark things in the lightand light things in the dark and you will be comparing tem!!!! :) :D !!!!!

Comment by Ningning Li on July 24, 2013 at 6:03

Jessica, have a safe and happy holiday. I am waiting for you to join our Sept. workshop.

Comment by Jessica Futerman on July 24, 2013 at 4:50

Michael - yes, I did mean to say the white pitcher in the sun!  

Ningning, I didn't actually think of painting it; I just looked at it! But actually, the reflections were so interesting, it could be worth a try sometime!  

Had no idea there would be such a discussion here, but glad my mistakes & the fixes suggested are helpful to others!  Going on holiday in August; won't be on-line so much & will miss the next workshop - happy summer & happy painting everyone!

Comment by Michael J. Severin on July 24, 2013 at 3:11

Hey Jessica, I bet you never thought your painting was going to be so much  in the limelight and cause such a big discussion? 

Comment by Michael J. Severin on July 24, 2013 at 3:05

Hi Jessica,  You mean the white pitcher in the shade?  Only the dark pitcher that is directly in the sunlight should be lighter then the pitcher in the shade.  I know, I find that hard to believe myself ..but every artist I know says it is true.  I have set up a still life and tested it out with a controlled light source that situation you can really see it!!!  In the bright sunlight, it might be difficult to see because our eyes are adjusting so much to the light???? ..don't know?  BUT, I think if we kind of keep that concept  in our minds when we are painting, we can keep our painting pretty  nice?  I agree with Ningning, you are a serious painter ...and that is great!!

Comment by Ningning Li on July 24, 2013 at 2:47

jessica, you are such a lovely girl and serious painter. With the rules and your heart guide you, you will be successful for this still life. I am curious to see it, please let me know when it is here.

Comment by Jessica Futerman on July 24, 2013 at 2:19

It isn't an easy concept to understand!  I think in general, the idea simply stated is:  keep the lights light and the darks dark!  And shadows belong to the darks.  

I did try the experiment today with the black vase & a white pitcher in the bright sunshine/shade - I used a value checker & tried my best to truly see the values, but have to admit that the black vase in the sun still appeared to be a darker value to me than the white pitcher in the sun! Maybe I need more practise! 


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