Monday, June 09, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Pears and Wine Study

I like the composition for this piece. I tried about 30 different arrangements but came back to the very first one.
The key I think is making sure the long neck of the bottle has soft edges. Hard edges on the bottle neck or the top of the glass would have lead your eye away from the fruit.
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Pears and Wine Study
original by Peter Yesis
5"x7"
oil on canvas board
SOLD

I will do this again on a larger canvas. My wife / art consultant suggested this daily painting should be a gallery painting. It's a good thing I like it too. It will be fun to try it again.

I once read that when an artist paints a portrait the highlights in the eyes should not be equally bright. One eye or highlight should dominate. The same probably is true in still life painting. One highlight should be the brightest.... but which one?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm no artist, but I would think the brightest highlight would go on the smoothest, darkest object. But it might all depend where the light is hitting things. I've enjoyed watching your blog and watching how the paintings form. Thank you for sharing your process and thinking a bit.

HELENE J said...

Which one ? The one you prefer I guess!
Nices pears . The glass makes me thirsty!

Julian Merrow-Smith said...

well Peter, I'd go for the easiest/most obvious—the bottle highlight is going to appear the brightest as the background is darker—no point in trying to fight against the current!