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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cuban Courtyard by Bruce Bingham

This time last February I was in Cuba
painting with close to 100 other artists.
The weathered patina of the once elegant Cuba is
still effecting my paintings.
Cuban Courtyard
by Bruce Bingham
16 x 20  oil

Havana was filled with secret inner courtyards, not unlike Barcelona,
Except in much worse condition.

About the painting process:
This turned out to be an interesting exercise in two point perspective.
More than that the tiles on the floor had a perspective all of their own.
Not only do the have to get larger as they move toward you,
they also have a trapezoid shape that fans out at an angle
Like a fan as it comes forward.

Value in painting is relative to what's around it.  So the dark square in the light is
the same value as the light square in the dark.
I know, but it's true.

On top of that there is a shadow thrown by the pillar which I made happen partially by a glaze and
by over painting the lighter squares (in the darker shadowed area) with
the same value as the dark squares in the light.  What? Yep.

I hope that was clearer than mud....
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