Friday, March 23, 2007

daily painting practice- still life work in progress

I need to start painting a lot more larger studio pieces to have enough for my show in September. My production of these larger pieces is a very slow and sometimes painful process. My first attempt ended in (tragedy) the demise of a painting before its time. This painting was started on top of the over painted corpse of its predecessor.
I have not used any white yet. This should help me keep the colors from getting chalky or pasty looking. The lightest color is a mix of Naples Yellow and a touch of burnt umber.
Here, I have started adding white. The thickest paint is on the tangerine and pear and the highlights on the vase. The rest is thin and scrumbled or lightly brushed on.
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12" x 16"
oil on canvas

Sorry about the glare folks. To me this has a little hint of Van Gogh again. Vincent's spirit must be hanging around the studio.

The vase has a pretty design on it which I still need to paint and the background needs a little softening and atmosphere. The cloth, maybe a few strokes to add detail to the fabric. That's not a bad experiment to see how long it takes to do a larger piece. This took about 4 hours to get it this far. 12"x16" may not seem that large but I have been very comfortable painting my 6"x6" panels. Time to break out of the comfort zone!

1 comment:

Cara said...

Thank you so much for sharing your process with us. I have the unfortuate habit of wanting to bring in my highlights much to early. This posting is a good reminder to be patient