I started this painting around 10 at night when I had an itch to paint something small- instant gratification. I usually set up flowers and prepare something a little more lively, but since it was 10:00 on a Sunday night, I just used what was in my house. Not much food in the fridge, as usual, save for a few potatoes and some lemons, but the potatoes were calling me.
The main lesson in this painting for me was - “paint smarter, not harder”…I think I have heard that before and I was reminded of it for this one. I was feeling pretty organized and mapped out the value shapes before I started. I always think of values as numbers, so a dark black would be 10. Medium color would be 5. White would be 1.
Mapping out the values so literally was pretty helpful for me- sort of like paint by numbers- except I got to choose the numbers.
To keep the colors unified, so that they all belonged together in one atmosphere, I actually mixed the background colors into just about every color mixture (even the pink and yellow potatoes).