February 4, 2011

Not exactly summer, maybe Spring time impressions :-)

This painting is from a reference I clicked last year, sometime during spring. But it is quite bright and sunny to be part of my current series I thought. I loved the moment, two young women engaged in a very casual banter, probably sharing a joke or something like that. Loved the setting and everything about it and I just had to paint it.

Chit chat
Oil on Canvas, 8 by 8 inches
© Nithya Swaminathan

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I tried a burnt sienna background for this one. It was very different, helped judge values better and I think it helped to get the final outcome a tad better than what it would've been on black or white. I am not too sure. For a long while, I was feeling completely bugged with the painting as just did not seem to come together, it was like all my values were in the same range and all merging with the background. Terrible I tell you! And then I worked some more to bring in more range and was generally satisfied at how it was taking shape. I deliberately avoided much detail in the background and kept it as simple as possible as I wanted the focus on the women.

Let me know what you think.


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