Hi, everyone. Thanks for your help previously.
I'm having trouble seeing color. Specifically, I'm trying to paint a small loaf of bread. The light is above it in a shadow box not unlike those Mark showed how to build. I can't see any difference in the color of the loaf of bread. There is one "wrinkle" in it that casts a shadow, but other than that, I just see a pale tan/yellow.
But I know when you look at this loaf of bread up close, you see that some parts of it are lighter and others a little darker. But when I sit at my easel and look from four feet away, I can't see any of that.
Is this a problem with light? Is it too bright?
I've had trouble balancing lights in my studio and shadow box. That was a difficult exercise for me. I'm using the light temperature/intensity Mark recommended, but my ceiling is only 9 feet. The studio is very bright. But the shadow box also seems very bright. This should even out, right?
I did put a bit of white on an angled piece of cardboard and placed it in the box and the value seemed to match. But I'm starting to doubt my ability to see these things. I don't wear glasses, I do have floaters in my eye.
Should I move closer to the shadow box? Should I lower the light everywhere? Is there a good way to actually measure the light in both places so you know you've done it right? I thought about a light meter app for iPhone, but don't know which measurements to match.
Any help is much appreciated. I'm frustrated and starting to get depressed because I don't seem to be making progress, and only getting more confused. It seems impossible that huge swaths of the composition would be the same color, but that is all I see.