Note: Paul encourages painters to think in terms of hue (one of the three Munsell colour properties) rather than temperature for accuracy.
I nearly abandoned this about halfway through, but I’m glad I didn’t. I’m really pleased with the result. I painted it from a photo I took of a sunrise through our dew-covered ranchslider door. I really like the lost edges, the mix of cool and warm reflections on the couch, and, of course, the colours and impression of light that come through the window. It was a real experiment.
If you’re wondering why it looks a bit wonky, that’s partly because the photo wasn’t totally square (I should have just adjusted that in the painting), but also because there were curtains on either side. The reflections in the bottom-left were from books on the arm of the couch and a coffee table sitting beside it.
I painted this from a photo I took of a tree in the Auckland Domain. I was drawn to it not only because of the colour of the leaves (which were actually more of a gold) but also the asymmetrical shape. While I struggled with the colour mixing/matching, and painting a convincing shadow under the tree, I like the overall expressiveness of the painting.
I don’t particularly like Jim Carrey’s paintings, and I do worry about what goes on in his head sometimes, but I find this video really inspiring. I love his sense of play and purpose.
I haven’t felt overly motivated to paint lately, and I think part of that’s because, every time I do, I have to pull all my materials out and then put them away again afterwards.
So, I finally decided to set up a space in the garage to paint. It’s not overly pretty—or warm—but it’ll do. The main thing is, all my materials are organised and ready to go.