Title: Candelabra Oil on 11" x 14" wrapped canvas $350.00
So hey, this just fresh off my easel right now, I am torn right now, as a realist painter I see so much to refine, but I really like how this is looking at the moment, I am calling it finished. I liked how my last painting looked when I finished so I thought I would try something similar, and this is what I ended up with.
You ever has one of those days where you feel like doing something completely different, well I guess this was one of those days, I had a few things in mind when creating this, negative space for one and how much detail could I leave out and still be recognizable, for the most part the application of paint is fairly thin except the grass, garlic clove and brown cup. I wanted this to remain sketchy so I didn't spend a lot of time on it, about 5 hours from start to finish, which is fairly quick for me.
I love painting on Raymar panels, so slick, my thinking with this was to leave out a lot of detail with the objects in the background, but still have them read well, most of the shadows are simple blocks of colour and very transparent so the toned canvas is still visible underneath, My main goal was to focus on the sugar bowl so as you may notice the paint is applied quite a bit thicker in this area.
I am sure you can guess but I stuck to warm side of my palette today, I usually use a warm and cool version of the primaries and a few earth tone colours but not today, winter is sticking around a bit to long and I miss the warmth today.
With my last post I said I would put this away for a bit, I revisited this yesterday and decided it need just a few tweaks, The problem with it or at least what I didn't like was the center of the painting, the values and intensity was all the same and all those elements were competing with each other, so I toned down all the elements behind the long grass dropping down from the brass bowl to bring that forward, this seemed to help this painting quite a bit, and I am now pleased with the outcome.
How is everyone today, not sure what to think of this one at the moment, I think I will put this one on my drying shelf and move on to something else, didn't quite go according to plan. That's the way it goes sometimes I guess.
While working on this I kept thinking how much detail do I need to include to make it convincing but leave a lot of information out. So I tried to keep the level of detail down but sometimes I couldn't help myself. This gave me idea that I want to explore further, more on that a little later.
Title: Rule of 3 Oil on 12" x 9" wrapped canvas Sold
So I thought I would try my hand at a white cloth for the foreground and background, In doing so I found a nice combo for making really great grays, Cad yellow and cobalt blue. Thought for a little something extra I put a little piece of red paper under the apple and garlic clove for some nice reflected light. Earlier I thought I was finished but I found my edges were all a bit to define, so I went in a soften and blurred a bunch seemed to help.
I was out yesterday and stopped by the goodwill shop and picked up a bunch of new objects, exciting times.
This painting spent a long time on my easel, I really struggled with it, not sure why that is at the moment but I worked through it. When I struggle with a painting I have a process to help me along, I only spend a little bit of time actually painting, I will paint for about 20 minutes then walk away for a bit then come back and sit down for another 20 minutes and so on it goes. This gives me a chance to really look at it and it forces me to stay on track, it also gives me the opportunity to change something that I might over look.
I thought this would be a better approach then just wiping it clean and starting over or moving on the something else. This is why this one took about a week to complete compared to the last painting which was the same size which took 2 days.