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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Ollie James and T.S. Ray (KY.)

Ollie James and T.S. Ray (KY.)

"Ollie James and T.S. Ray (KY.)"
6.75" x 9.5" (17 x 24 cm)
Watercolor on Strathmore Gemini 140-lb CP paper
(sketchbook painting)
© 2009 Steve Penberthy


I found some great 19th-century photos on the Library of Congress Flickr photostream; these old photos have strong contrasts and really distinct values, so I used the photo of Ollie James and T.S. Ray (KY.) as a reference in order to practice getting more value into my paintings. The darks are actually a little bit darker than what shows up in the scan above.

Here's a link to the original photo:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/3238479835/

5 comments:

Jennifer Lawson said...

This is beautiful. I love the contrast of the figures with that wonderful soft background.

Steve Penberthy said...

@Jennifer: Thanks so much for the comment and for stopping by!

quirkyartist said...

Wonderful treatment of the background. It really makes the best use of tonal values and makes the figures stand out.

jgatienza said...

wow, this has to be one of my favorite paintings that you have done! nice!

Denise Mueller said...

Wow, Steve this talent is fantastic! How did you get involved in watercolor and how long have you been doing it? Your not just another pretty face... LOL