Belinda's Window is a 12x9 oil by Shirley Fachilla.This is a Daily PaintWorks Challenge (DPW) that I could not resist. I couldn’t resist for three reasons.
First, it let me paint a window-based still life a la Duane Keiser. Keiser is the artist who began the daily painting phenomenon. During 2004, he painted a small canvas every day, seven days a week and posted it on the web. He no longer paints everyday but he still paints very frequently. And one of his favorite subjects is a simple object placed on his sunny, or sometimes grey-day, window sill. Now of course, hundreds, if not thousands, of painters paint and post as "daily" painters.
Second, this challenge was like a grown-up artist’s coloring book. The challenge was to take a black and white photo and translate it into color. Doing this is a lesson in values (definition here). Values, along with composition, are the foundation of a good painting. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a representational or abstract painter. Your work must have good design and proper values to be, well… good!
Third for me, a from-life painter who teases out color by intense looking, to be allowed to make it up was just too delicious.
P.S. This was last week’s challenge. Click here to see all the other windows. Oh, I titled it Belinda's Window because DPW artist Belinda del Pesco created this particular value lesson.