Painting Black With Glare

Not a great painting night. Problems with work because of a release that was going bad tonight. And painting in black with glare is almost impossible.

So tonight didn’t go so well. We had a release tonight and it was going bad, plus I started very late. I did manage to get some paint down on the canvas and I was very excited about my new lighting setup. But I had a huge issue with glare. I’m going to do some research on the web tonight to find out how I can paint without glare.

After doing some research tonight I looked at This guy is Great! He has videos for everything. There is so much great advice here, its priceless.

Here is a Youtube vid on how to setup your studio without glare.

The Painting

Here you can see the left side of the painting was knocked back with vertical brush stroke and the right side with horizontal brush strokes. You can see the massive amounts of glare on the right side due to the light directly above.

My Setup


My new lighting setup is pretty great. I have two lights with the exact same light bulbs. One is on the still life and one is on my painting and palette. Plus I have a gray shield up to block any light coming from my painting light. Now all I need to do is fix the glare.

My hierarchy of painting importance

  1. Drawing
  2. Value
  3. Edges
  4. Composition
  5. Color

Session Details