Thursday, August 24, 2006

Painting old tools- on the level

You can see I am back using the shadow box. Another low tech tool. And free!

Here is a great tip for all of you still life painters with very little studio space.
The stand you see in my pictures comes from Dick Blick Art supply store, but you can get it through any art supply catalog. It is supposed to be used for a projector but I had other ideas. I can adjust the height and it folds up to store away. It costs about $100.Projector stand page
On the Level
6"x8" oil on canvas panelSOLD
Tools have such a unique personality. I don't think I could grow tired of painting them. This is one of my rusty squares. It seems every square I have ever owned has rusted or has lost parts. It's like socks in the laundry. I always end up with pieces and parts .

This painting almost painted itself. I love when that happens, it makes me want to do another one right away.

9 comments:

ParisBreakfasts said...

JACKPOT ! I love the looseness of this, the sketchiness..like an old master croquis

aj-today said...

Absolutely love this subject matter. It is so refreshing to see an artist do a still life that is NOT fruit or flowers or vases. Again, thanks for sharing.

J Matt Miller said...

We are one the same thought wave! A good square is the heart of the shop. My family has been woodworkers all my life. Beautifully painted. I love the simplicity and economy. Have you heard of Tom Buechner (tombuechner.com)? He makes every stroke count and uses as few as possible.

Jeff Hayes said...

Terrific! Sometimes I just love looking at the walls of my workshop, imagining the tools in various still lifes...

Jon Conkey said...

Hmmmm, a shadow-box! Yet another valuable morsel from the ever-clever Peter. JLC

m collier said...

Nice painting Peter. I like tools too, especially when they have a little character -- rust always makes things more interesting.

muddy red shoes said...

Wow, thats beautiful, all of those glorious browns.

Todd said...

This is great, I really love your blog and the WIP shots that show your setup, you paint wonderfully.

Shant said...

I love your Tools... I bet you hear that all the time. The composition and designs are great!


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