How to start a painting in full color



Here is a demo I did from life in my studio under artificial lights. There is no color information in this photo reference as you can see. I have applied everything I have learned from painting on location over the last 35 years.

First of all, I have organized all my lights and darks. A white in shadow is darker than a black in sunlight. Once I put down my first color, all other colors are related to that first lay in. I am trying to paint the differences (hue, value and saturation) between each of the color notes. To paint the small dish, I have painted the inside darker and warmer and related it to the outside an lighter and cooler. In this way I can create volume. This only demonstrates how I would start this painting.

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