6" x 8" oil on canvas
So many ridges in this and so many opportunities to over work it (which I did). One of the most difficult things about painting is reducing all the visual information down to what is essential and to suggest with less. I may have bit off more then I could chew with the fabric, but I was inspired by some Carol Marine paintings to try it.
I tried something different, based on the DPW weekly challenge, which is that I started with a pretty intense ground color...a manganese violet and I tried to keep from going over all of it...to allow it to show through. It worked in the places where I was not stressed..but that darned squash had me again. I swear that I had a harder time painting that little fella then a portrait and so we will seeing it again again until I "get it".
I also worked on having a dominant color (light blue) and a dominant value (light), however the composition is not quite balanced..I think that I need some darker areas under the squash on the right.