Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Transmitted Light 12"x12" oil on linen


Now that Thanksgiving is over and thanks to my sweet mother-in-law, I've an extra 5 lbs to shed due to her amazing six homemade pies,... it is time to get back into the studio. I'm painting for a three person show which opens 2010 so my postings will be limited until I can finish a few large-scale paintings. But here is what I originally set up as a fabric study but once again realized that it's really all about value. This piece was extra tricky for me as the light flowed through the fabric in many areas as well as picked up various subtle tones from the back and foreground. I used a palette knife for most of the time but grabbed a sable brush in the end to calm down some strokes in the shadow. I think I could have used several more hours to answer more questions but I decided to stop with this one and be happy with what I learned.

10 comments:

Melinda said...

This painting is fantastic! The background is so varied and the whites too. You've got a lot of good stuff going on here. Yes, the fabric does look luminous. Really well done.

Janelle Goodwin said...

There is a certain glow to this piece. Really lovely, Susan. But then I see a glow in all of your work. I can imagine that painting this one took lots of patience and concentrated study.

Gwen Bell said...

The light and shadow in this is great. Can't believe you did the bulk with a knife! Great texture and strong composition.

loriann said...

Beautiful subtle tones and so much variation! I didn't now it was mostly done with a knife until I read your post. Nice.

susan hong-sammons said...

Hi Melinda, Janelle, Gwen,and Loriann, Thanks so much for taking a look and leaving a comment. It's great getting the feedback. Blogging back and forth helps keep me connected and out of my head. Also I love all the food for thought from visiting your blogs, reading and writing comments. Happy Art-making to you all!!!!!!

rahina q.h. said...

beuatiful sense of light, great work Susan!

susan hong-sammons said...

Hello Rahina, Thanks so much. Nice to know that the sense of transmitted light is evident to others and not just in my imagination.

glenellynboy said...

Your consistency turns your skills into something even greater. Thank you very much for enabling us to see these fascinating displays of talent.

susan hong-sammons said...

Hey Glenn, Thank you for your thoughtful comment. You made my day!

Roxanne Steed said...

What a wonderful piece!