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Friday, August 29, 2014

Santa Fe Shadows and Colors


Not knowing what to paint next, I decided to work on this subject which I had originally prepared for a workshop but never used.  It is from a photo taken in Santa Fe quite a few years ago.  The colorful door and the shadows are what appealed to me.  For the most part, Holbein colors were used with some being opaque.  Relying heavily on masking made for much edge cleanup.  The reds in the image appear more saturated than they are on the painting.  The detail at the top of the door was a challenge to do, as well as the reflections in the windows.  I’m not sure of the merits of this painting, but at least it kept me painting on and off as I usually do.

Shadow Play, 14 x 10, Watercolor, ©J. Cellucci

2 comments:

April Rimpo said...

Johanna, this painting is lovely. I'm not sure why you are so hesitant about it. I really love how you combined the reds and blues in the shadows to the right of the door. Plus the sign at the top is terrific.

Johanna Cellucci said...

Thanks for stopping by April and for your nice comments. I know, I should not be apologetic about my work. I'm a perfectionist, and to me some areas are less than perfect. Then again, one of my teachers once said that "nothing is perfect." The top of the door sure was a challenge to do. I did like the way the shadows turned out. Brought it in to be matted and framed, which should make the piece look much better. I've gotten lots of positive feedback on it, so I promise...no more apologies. Thanks again.