I spent several hours this morning matching the backgrounds I have painted over the Challenge with the shoes I had selected as potential prospects. It was a fun morning deciding if I could come up with the next 8 days of paintings and which backgrounds need to be painted.
This background had lots of potential to shine with several of the pumps but in the end I chose another shoe that I would love to own in my closet. I really like the combination of the red and black--no wonder since I am a Black Tornado! The shimmery cast of a silverish glow made it a little more difficult to paint but I learned a lot in the process.
I painted the entire shoe Brilliant Cad Red and then Carbon Black in the parts of the shoe that were black. I placed some netting over the shoe while it was still damp and lightly brushed over the areas to be cast in the shimmer with a broader brush. I weighted the netting down with another matboard and let it dry. I wanted it to be very subtle so I could build on it or lift depending on what needed to be done. I did decide that the red should be Quinacridone Coral and lightly brought out the background to match the more brilliant color.
Sharing my paintings with others is one of the joys in my life. Educating others about how I paint and the media I use is very important and why I wanted to reach out through this blog. Hope you will add a comment about what you see.