Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Zippo Challenge

This is another Daily Paintworks Challenge, this time lead by member Michael Naples.  We were challenged to paint a photo of a zippo lighter in only burnt sienna, ultramarine blue and white.  This is a great way to learn working in a limited palette.  Anders Zorn also worked in a limited palette of black, red, yellow ochre and white.  This keeps the artist from getting too "happy" with those wonderful bright colors we have available today.  I chose to do the image cropped to highlight the industrial design aspect of the working end of these lighters, which I found appealing.