Daily painting #100: My studio

To mark my 100th straight day of daily painting, I thought I’d show you where I do a lot of my work — my little studio, in my basement. When I paint a still life, I often use my easel light, a spotlight on the subject — and no other lights. So it’s bit dark, especially in the evening. I tried to convey that here. I was going for a sort of medieval atelier ambiance.

I’m going to take a break from daily painting now, as I have some longer-term art projects (I haven’t forgotten you, Tup!), plus the start of school in a couple weeks. But I’ll still be posting here, as I have plenty of stuff I haven’t gotten around to showing you all yet. Thanks for reading!

Geoff Watson, “My studio,” oil on panel, 6” x 6,” 2019.

Geoff Watson, “My studio,” oil on panel, 6” x 6,” 2019.

Daily painting #99: Water bottles

One peach got eaten and the other went bad, so no more peaches. So instead I painted some S’well water bottles. (Water has been a theme this month: several glasses of water, and now some water bottles.) I didn’t finish this, but it’s a decent start. Not sure whether I’ll continue it or start something new tomorrow.

Geoff Watson, “Water bottles (in progress),” oil on linen, 5” x 7,” 2019.

Geoff Watson, “Water bottles (in progress),” oil on linen, 5” x 7,” 2019.

Daily painting #98: Peach school

I love painting peaches, but I’ve always had trouble with them: they aren’t shiny, so they’re harder to model than, say, apples or grapes. True to form, I struggled with these peaches today. (I like the water glass in the background better!) I may paint more peaches tomorrow, just for the practice.

Geoff Watson, “Peaches and a glass of water (in progress),” oil on panel, 6” x 6,” 2019.

Geoff Watson, “Peaches and a glass of water (in progress),” oil on panel, 6” x 6,” 2019.

Daily painting #94: a new view (day one)

I kept my little scene intact, but I stood up to paint it from a different — and more challenging — vantage point. Nothing is harder than painting extremely foreshortened objects! But I wanted the practice. This is an okay start, but things are kind of vaguely-defined still. I’ll work on it more tomorrow.

Geoff Watson, “Tableware (in progress),” oil on panel, 6” x 6,” 2019.

Geoff Watson, “Tableware (in progress),” oil on panel, 6” x 6,” 2019.

Daily painting #93: Silver pitcher (cont'd)

It sure is fun painting all these shiny surfaces! I’ve finished a “first draft” of this little still life, and I like what I have here, but I might like to take it further. I’ll let it dry for a few days while I think on it. I have some fun ideas for a new still life tomorrow. (Incidentally, I llightly Photoshopped the background of this image to eliminate glare.)

Geoff Watson, “Silver pitcher (in progress),” oil on linen, 5” x 7,” 2019.

Geoff Watson, “Silver pitcher (in progress),” oil on linen, 5” x 7,” 2019.

Daily painting #92: Silver pitcher (day 2)

It occurred to me that this object is really more a pitcher than a “pot,” as I wrote last time. Anyway, I continued with the picture, this time focusing on one of the glasses behind the pitcher. I had only about an hour to paint, but I made decent progress. On to the other glass tomorrow.

Geoff Watson, “Silver pitcher (in progress, day 2),” oil on linen, 5” x 7,” 2019.

Geoff Watson, “Silver pitcher (in progress, day 2),” oil on linen, 5” x 7,” 2019.

Daily painting #91: Silver pot (in progress)

I posted some compositional sketches for this little pot last week, and today I finally got around to painting it. It’s a challenging subject, so I’m not close to finishing, especially as I haven’t even begun painting the two glasses in the background. But it’s a good start. Here’s a look at just the pot:

Geoff Watson, “Silver pot (in progress),” detail, oil on linen, 5” x 7,” 2019.

Geoff Watson, “Silver pot (in progress),” detail, oil on linen, 5” x 7,” 2019.

And here’s the whole picture, with placeholders for the two glasses behind the pot.

Geoff Watson, “Silver pot (in progress,” oil on linen, 5” x 7,” 2019.

Geoff Watson, “Silver pot (in progress,” oil on linen, 5” x 7,” 2019.

Daily painting #90: Veggies

Thanks to my lovely family, we have lots of yummy fresh vegetables in the fridge. I decided to paint three of them. I like the result, except that I wish I’d put them on a plate or bowl or something, to provide context. But it sure was fun to paint all those reds and greens.

Geoff Watson, “Veggies,” oil on linen, 5” x 7,” 2019.

Geoff Watson, “Veggies,” oil on linen, 5” x 7,” 2019.

Daily painting #83: Stuff on the kitchen table

A great watercolorist, Charles Reid, enjoyed painting still lifes that captured what people left lying around, rather than still lifes carefully composed by the artist. He suggests just pointing your brush at stuff and painting it. So I did that today. I painted my brush at stuff lying on the kitchen table.

Geoff Watson, “Stuff on the kitchen table,” oil on panel, 6” x 8,” 2019.

Geoff Watson, “Stuff on the kitchen table,” oil on panel, 6” x 8,” 2019.

Daily painting #81: Compositional sketches

I set up an interesting still life scene, and then I spent two hours ineffectually trying to find a good composition. Here’s the scene itself:

“Still life setup,” July 2019.

“Still life setup,” July 2019.

I sketched various combinations of these objects, and I still haven’t found an arrangement I like. (I also need to wash the glasses!) I couldn’t include any live objects, like fruit, as we’re about to leave on vacation for a week. Anyway, here’s one example of a possible composition:

Geoff Watson, “Study-sketch for a still life (in progress),” oil on linen, 5” x 7,” 2019.

Geoff Watson, “Study-sketch for a still life (in progress),” oil on linen, 5” x 7,” 2019.

Here’s an earlier start, focused on the pitcher with the other objects receding into the woodwork. It’s okay, but I think I’ll go with the vertical composition above. I have a week to think about it, as I’m not bringing these objects with me on vacation.

I will, however, be bringing my paints. Tomorrow will be a busy day, so at most I’ll post a quick sketch, but starting on Sunday I’ll be painting Rehoboth, Delaware in all its glory. Weather permitting. :)

Geoff Watson, “Study-sketch 2 for a still life, in progress,” oil on linen, 5” x 7,” 2019.

Geoff Watson, “Study-sketch 2 for a still life, in progress,” oil on linen, 5” x 7,” 2019.

Daily painting #80: Caesar (day 2)

Painting these sculptures is great practice. I often find it harder to get a likeness with a sculpture than a human figure. I think part of it is the tiny size of this sculpture; the tiniest error is magnified. But part of it is that living, breathing models seem easier to draw, even though they move. I wonder why that is.

Anyway, this one is coming along. I may continue tomorrow, or I may start another still life. One thing’s for sure: I won’t be going outside to paint in the 98 degree heat.

Geoff Watson, “Caesar (in progress), day 2,” oil on linen, 5” x 7.”

Geoff Watson, “Caesar (in progress), day 2,” oil on linen, 5” x 7.”

Daily painting #78: Garlic & pottery (day 2)

I made progress on this still life, but I’m not sure I’m finished yet. Everything could use a bit more polish. Then again, polish sometimes sucks the life out of paintings. Will think on it! (Photoshopped the background to get rid of glare.)

Geoff Watson, “Garlic & pottery (in progress),” day 2, oil on linen, 5” x 7,” 2019.

Geoff Watson, “Garlic & pottery (in progress),” day 2, oil on linen, 5” x 7,” 2019.

Daily painting #69: sweet potato & friends

We have a few sweet potatoes in our fridge, so why not paint one? We also had this cool container, so why not paint it? And one never needs a reason to paint an apple. But I forgot to finish the apple! I didn’t gradate its color much, and (worse) I forgot its highlight! The shame of it. I’ll fix it tomorrow.

Geoff Watson, “Sweet potato and friends,” July daily painting #8, oil on panel, 6” x 6,” 2019.

Geoff Watson, “Sweet potato and friends,” July daily painting #8, oil on panel, 6” x 6,” 2019.

Daily painting #58: Phone

This device is called a “telephone.” It is connected to the grid by “wires.” Back in the day, these machines were the near-exclusive means of remote communication!

Geoff Watson, “Telephone,” June daily painting #27, oil on panel, 6” x 6,” 2019.

Geoff Watson, “Telephone,” June daily painting #27, oil on panel, 6” x 6,” 2019.