Morning Warm Up

Had a bit of time to paint this morning - I have this pinnochio wood carved box that sits on my desk and it was begging to be painted this morning. Sketched on watercolor board with a #2 pencil, painted over in gouache, bit of pastel on top for atmosphere and I foolishly touched it up with that #2 pencil so thats where you're getting that reflectivity in some of the lines. I was mindful this morning and took a shot of the rough in phase. Wood is such a beautiful material to work with - there is so much going on between matt and reflective surfaces - local color changes so subtley yet so often - its a dizzying thing to try to capture.

pinnochio morning wakeup.jpg
rough sketch.jpg