A Long Lunch is a 20x24 oil done by Shirley Fachilla.
I painted the woman’s face more than a half a dozen times. Such a challenge! It was a lesson in values and edges, one that I’m still very much learning.
[For the art meaning of value and edge, please visit my Artful Definitions page.]
You see the woman’s face is shaped by a very narrow range of values. Because it’s completely in shadow, there are no highlighted planes to give it form and drama.
I tried to follow Peggi Kroll’s advice and create form with color changes rather than value. I tried to follow Carolyn Anderson’s advice and pay close attention to my edges.
I love rim light, highlights and significant value shifts so for me it was no an easy task.
I should have studied Sorolla’s Maria at La Granja before my first attempt. Maria’s entire figure is in light shadow, all beautifully done.
Of course, my woman has her own narrow focus; all aimed at her lunch companion. I wonder if he aware?