I missed a few of days in my painting routine. One too many deadlines had crossed over that I had to meet. Anyway, getting back into the groove of things, painting this oyster shell was interesting given the nuances between the cool and warm values playing within its textures. Also the stark transition between smooth porcelain like surfaces against the rough and coarse surfaces made for a fun session.
I started this painting with a Payne's gray prepped surface. A much cooler approach that created a challenge when capturing any kind of translucency in the Mandarin orange. Experimentation is always good.