14 x 8" Oil on Canvas

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Comment by Richard Robinson on February 24, 2012 at 13:49

Thanks Dania, yes that's the theory that cool light makes warm shadows. It's just a guideline thought and it pays to just paint what you see. In reality the shadows may stay the same colour but they look warmer compared to the cool lights.

Comment by Dania Bree on February 24, 2012 at 13:33

This is Yummy !  I have to ask you do you use a blue filter on your light source ?  I ordered one from Qiang's web site but I have not tried it yet.  I wrote him to ask why he uses it and the following was his answer:

"There are two reasons I use cool light for studio work: 1. If you paint under cool light, your painting can be displayed under daylight without noticeable color change. 2. If the shadow is very dark (low value), warm colors work better. cool and dark shadow tends to look muddy. Cool shadow works for landscape paintings because the shadows are usually quite bright. The cool colors in shadow are more or less reflections."

Hope this helps,


So, if I try this, would my shadows be warmer with the cool light?  Because I have not done this yet-I'm tryng to get my head on straight about warm light cool shadows and cool light warm shadows.  Can't wait to see your video because this is a beautiful painting and such a wonderful opportunity for all of us.

Comment by Timothy Luk on February 24, 2012 at 13:05

It's amazing how this looks like a photo from afar

Comment by Terri Karp on February 24, 2012 at 12:48
I'm happy to have a "do over" with white. Looking forward to the challenge.
Comment by Richard Robinson on February 24, 2012 at 12:42

Thanks guys, it was so nice to get back to oils for this one. (I didn't really like my last still life painting). This one just fell off the brush. I've taken a few pointers from Qiang Huang here with the sliced fruit, adding the leaves and stems, and the angular fall of the cloth and also something he mentioned several months ago about arranging his fruit in terms of a flowing colour statement from red to orange to yellow for example. There are always parts which could be better but right now I owe a lot to Qiang for this arrangement and I'm very happy with how it turned out. Will get to work on editing the workshop video asap.

Comment by deb hill on February 24, 2012 at 12:25

I love this. Popped right off the page. The colors are amazing. :)

Comment by Montalvo on February 24, 2012 at 12:19

WOW!  What a masterpiece Richard. I'm in awe at the moment. I'm really serious about what i'm going to say to you. You inspire my creativity and my inner passion to not give up on my-self. I'm so glad i took challenge 6. I had so many questions in regards to painting a white pitcher. Your painting has answered all my questions. I will be studying this piece for a while. Blessings!

Comment by Denise Maxwell on February 24, 2012 at 12:14

This is all good! I'm going to fix up my light colored reflective surfaces on the last 2 paintings I did, as I found them too much of a challenge also, so I'm looking forward to working with the clothe drapery folds. I simply love your challenges!!!

Comment by Richard Robinson on February 24, 2012 at 12:00

:-) Thanks Denise. Yes I was thinking of adding some glass and a reflective metal bowl but I guess I'll wait for the next one. White's so tricky it's good to struggle with it for a while.

Comment by Denise Maxwell on February 24, 2012 at 11:57

Wow Richard, another fabulous still life. You look to be getting more fearless and dashing! Can't wait to watch the video, thanks another white object to keep me struggling.


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