The painting above was painted yesterday. I did it to see how my style has evolved since I first painted the same picture three years ago.
Here is the painting from three years ago.
What I notice is that I have learned how to make my value range darker. I also see the use of neutrals which help to make the colors pop better. I think overall the marbles appear rounder in yesterday's painting because I could anchor the round shapes into their shadows with better color mixing and more confidence in my ability to achieve forms.
What I have learned so far:
Sometimes you don't see your own growth until you find a way to measure it in a concrete way. Doing this experiment allowed me to see how much daily painting has improved my skill level.
And.......I just have to add....I do not rely on cadmium yellow anymore. I have learned to use it sparingly. I mean really. The bottom picture almost looks like it is being viewed through yellow tinted glasses. Yikes!
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