Someone asked about the colors I use. First let me say I paint with a small north light window but it's not enough light so I augment it with a 5,000K bulb up next to the window. That "leans" the light a little warm. Remember 6,500K is close to north light coolness. Next because this beautiful fabric is old and has a yellowed aged cast to it, I want the light sides to be toward warm making the light perfect. I'm using the new Gamblin Warm White as my base white. It holds the warmness when mixed and does not cool the color or make it chalky like some whites. This is an indoor atmosphere so I'm not using all the brilliant colors of the outdoor palette. Shadows in the studio tend to be warm also. My light is a mixture of the Warm White, a touch of raw umber (green shade) and a touch of Cobalt blue. My lights are massed in at about 2/ 3 in value and all my lights then can later be adjusted with a range of the lightest light at a 1 and the darkest light at about a 4. You can see the pattern clearly. Shadows go darker and start at about a 6. Again I can go up to a 5 and the darkest darks get to about an 8 but only in the dark creases of the folds. Translucent lights need to be ignored at this point.
How do you eat an elephant? Yea, one bite at a time. At this point the progress slows down and my love turns to labor, like in pains. I have to remember the elephant question or else I would give up. How do I know? Because when I paint this type of lace, it takes concentration and focusing on the values of the surface changes. Then and only then do I focus on the strings of the lace. One stroke then about thirty seconds to a minute before the next stroke is made.
The open lace work is treated differently since the rug shows through in some areas. The basic rug color is painted in and here is where I have negative thoughts running through my head. When I look at the entire surface I feel like I can't do it but if I focus on one area and tell myself that if this one area gets completed today, that's great. Small bites. I'll think about the other lace sections tomorrow. Now I sound like Scarlette O'Hara.