Thursday, April 23, 2009

Daily Painting Practice - Shells -work in progress

I promised I would post again. Surprised? I am. I can't remember the last time I posted two days in a row. I am going to start some daily paintings again soon and I will be posting several times a week again. This is because I will be teaching a daily painting course at the (Joslyn Museum of art) here in Omaha for six weeks this summer. So I better paint what I preach!
This isn't a daily painting. It's one I have been working on for a little while. Sorry but I didn't take a photo until I got this far along in the process. I got the idea for painting shells back in February after our trip to Florida. I thought I might do a few paintings with shells and see if I can get an East coast gallery interested.
This is how I set it up my shadow box. I found these upholstery samples at the thrift store last year. I paid a dollar for a book of them, about 40 samples in the book. I love the variety. It will be interesting to match them with different shells in several compositions.
I started with the wipe off method. Then started applying color with a nearly dry brush and very little paint.
The gold pitcher is getting close and the shells are starting to come along. I haven't done much with the background yet. Perhaps I should have started on that first?
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Shells No1. - Work in Progress
oil on masonite

This stage is a few hours more work. I won't tell you what the difference is between this and the last photo. See if you can see the changes. No wonder I am so slow at this.

I have more photos from the salon show but I will show them next week in another post.


Ed Terpening said...

Interesting still life setup (your box). What a creative way to control the light.

Kathy Jurek said...

Hi Peter, I just wanted to tell you how much I like that background. I will wait anxiously to see how you use your upholstery samples in upcoming paintings. ;)

Sandra Galda said...

Love to visit your blog! Your work is gorgeous. Love the box demo...I have not worked or devised up one yet but know it will be interesting when I do. Love the metal work here too.

Anonymous said...

That you for your site and taking the time. I would like to know more about the paint and mediums you use during painting. I am half blind and have amazing results painting this way but have had a hard time getting the info after you do the wipe away.

Marilyn M. King said...

Hi Peter,
I'm so glad your son convinced you to begin regular posting again. As I subscribe to your blog, I've not been getting my "money's" worth lately and it's about time you get straight! LOL

Your demos are always helpful and full of good information. Thanks for the time you give. I love your work and am so happy for you in the recent shows and exhibits your work has been a part of. Great for you!!!

All the elements in this piece work so well together. The patterned background adds just enough "special" interest and creates such dimension allowing the brass pitcher to really pop off the canvas. Really beautiful!

Tom and Nancy said...

Peter: We enjoyed looking at your art online. While we know nothing about the techniques, etc you discuss, we enjoy your work and admire your creativity. Spring finally arrived here in VA and along with it Len is visiting. Merri-Beth will be here later. Maybe I'll link you off my local political/and other stuff blog.

Pam Holnback said...

Peter, Just discovered your blog, so glad I did. I've been sitting here reading back and back. Thank you for all your lessons. It is a lot of time and effort on your part, but so helpful.

Sheila Vaughan said...

Love to see how you have gradually changed the background to be less dominant as you have gone along.That is really helpful Peter. Thanks. I like this painting very much and look forward to the dailies (or thereabouts) again.