Tried again with Alizarin and once again it was challenging. I was also cranky and tired from a long walk in the sun, which resulted in the first attempt at this painting being wiped away. I went back at it after a little nap and felt much better about the painting.
I used natural light this time, which gives much softer shadows than the bright overheads.
untitled (cherries II) : Oil on board. 6″x9″ 2016
Once again I’m reminded that Alizarin Crimson is a cruel lover when painting directly. I was able to overcome the transparency of the pigment, but the lower reflected lights came out a little hot-pink and a little to bright in value. Welp… I have half a bag of cherries left so we’ll see what happens next time.
untitled sketch (cherries I) : Oil on board. 6″x9″ 2016