I ate half of today’s painting before I got very far, but the other half survived the painting process.
After two huge days of plein air, I spent much of the day doing errands, and I didn’t get around to painting until the evening. So that left time only for a quick study. I decided to practice painting grapes and blueberries. I learned a fair bit. (E.g.: blueberries aren’t necessarily blue.) I definitely want to try grapes and blueberries again.
I didn’t have much time to paint, but had to do my daily painting! Just a quick sketch of a peach. I spent too much time on the plate, not enough time on the piece of fruit. :)
I’m not exactly sure what this object is, but it resides in my kitchen, so I’m guessing it’s a pitcher. It was great fun to paint, whatever its function.
I did this little sketch in an hour or so; wish I’d spent more time with it. Not a bad start, though.
It rained all day, and my back hurt, so I opted for a simple little still life.
Today I spent the afternoon painting (drum roll) an apple. I just bought some "Cadmium-free red" and “Cadmium-free yellow” from Utrecht paints. I'd heard about them from their designer, who was interviewed on Eric Rhodes' Plein Air Podcast. So I wanted to paint something with red and yellow to try them out. Thus the choices were (1) an apple, (2) a peach, or (3) the national flag of Spain or China. As I had no peaches or flags lying around, I went with an apple. I liked the paints but found them a tad dry; nothing medium won't fix.
To add to the fun, I also chose to follow Mark Carder's "color checker" method. For more info, see his website and many interesting videos: http://www.drawmixpaint.com/
I own Mr. Carder’s color-checker, so I made myself check almost all the colors I put in. He wants you to put in just one little stripe of color wherever you see it, and never to blend. Mostly I did that. For me, it's great training in judging values (i.e., lights and darks). Whenever I do his method, I'm always amazed at how poorly I judge shadow values: they're almost always darker than I expect. A LOT darker than I expect. The cast shadow here should be darker, but the only way I could figure to do that was with black, and I didn't want black.
I didn't color-check the background because I wanted to change it to suit my evil compositional design -- darker background by the lightest side of the apple, for example. Mwuhaha!
Today I painted a lemon, but I put a very warm spotlight on it, and the painting made it look too orange. Also, there’s lots of glare on this photo. I will work on it more tomorrow!
It was too hot to paint outside today, so I did this little still life for fun.
My mom is a wonderful person, and one of the many things I love about her is that she inspired me to take up art. She's also a terrific artist in her own right. You can see more of her work at http://www.bethwatson.com/ .
She did this painting of roses some time ago, and when I admired it last Christmas, she sent it to me as a surprise gift! So she sent me Mother's Day flowers. It's supposed to be the other way round! :-)
I'm sorry for the glare on the photo; it's been raining all week, and I've had trouble finding a good spot to photograph (or create!) paintings. Anyway, Happy Mother's Day, mom!
I haven't had much time to paint this week, but today I managed to put in an hour on the still life I started last week. I focused on the rearmost object, the candle. I like the irregular shapes around the wick. I tentatively plan to add a little statute of a king on a drum; that's his cast shadow on the candle.
Here's the whole piece; the rest is still just a sketch. I hope to fix that in the coming days!
I've been messing around with deodorant. I'm not happy with any of the compositions I've come up with so far; they all kind of stink! But it's still fun to paint the strange shapes of various anti-perspirants. I haven't really been sweating the details.