Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pen and ink 6"x6" oil

This is a pair of tortoise shell glasses from the 1920's.   I have used them a number of years back with an earlier prescription but switched to something else because I was afraid I would wear out the parts and they are probably not replaceable because all the findings are gold.   But they are nice to look at.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I see shadows 6"x6" oil

You guessed it.   This is not a painting of silverware... thank goodness!   I believe my fear of painting silverware is over, time to move on... to glasses!   At least for a while.  I have been thinking about eye glasses since last August.   I wanted some round tortoise shell frames and I have looked at many and have not found the right ones.   Going through my stash of old glasses I realized that almost all of my glasses are round but out of many different materials.    My favorite parts of this painting are the shadows.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Are you being served? 6"x6" oil

It is so rainy and overcast today that I had a hard time taking the photo.   Serving pieces are the subjects today just in case it wasn't obvious.  To give you a scale the cake server on the upper left is 10.5" long with the serving part being 5" long.    On this painting it all looks small.   Well, the little fork for olives or pickles is small but long.   So far in this series I have polished 43 pieces of flatware... I think I am over with this series.  Will see how I feel tomorrow.
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Hannah seated 9"x12" oil

Hannah always poses so elegantly.  I struggled with this one trying to get a balance between cool and warm and not get to buried in detail.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Spooning 6"x6" oil

In my studio I have two large north facing windows and while I use a bright light on my still life I usually get some reflection of the cool light in my shiny objects which gives me the excuse to put in some cool blue specks.   I felt like I was part of Downton Abby today polishing all this silver.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Misunderstood relatives 6"x6" oil

These are the items that I have that give me questions.   Some I know like the gravy ladle and the cake server, the butter knife, but what the heck is the item on the lower left?  it is a kind of shallow spoon server but what for?   One of my students said it was to serve condiments of sort.  This was laid out on a white tablecloth and as I painted I noticed a bit of  pink in the white.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

You're going the wrong way! 6"x6" oil

This time I thought I would try to paint the shadows as warm and the silverware cool.   

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Yummy golden tomatoes 6"x6" oil

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Snacking on these juicy tomatoes is one of my favorite things.   One year I grew them on a vine out back and every day I would go out and eat the ones that were newly ripe.  Hot off the vine is the best!
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Nothin but forks 6"x6" oil


Decided to just paint forks today, because of the shadows.  It has been in the back of my mind to document my painting process for this series.   Some of the techniques are the same but there are a couple that are specific to this series.   I finally thought to do this before I started so I could capture the beginning.
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I took a photo so you could see the set up.  

I start with a gessoed masonite panel and paint it with a grey/green mixture of acrylic.   Then block in the silverware with a medium/dark grey and used a grey/blue for the shadows so they stay separate.  I keep all this rather loose and it takes about 10 minutes.

Because the panel is a medium value I go ahead and loosely paint in the lighter background so the whole panel is not covered in wet paint.

As you can see on the left side I have started to carve out and form the tines and details of the forks, paying attention to wether it is cool or warm.   Here is where I get so confused.   I tell myself each time that I am going to paint the forks a warm color and keep the shadows cool because the light source is warm.... makes sense right?   But when I am stareing at the forks I see cools and warms in the shadows and cool and warm on the forks!!   So I nix the plan and go with what I see... sort of.   Maybe someday I will be brave enough to go with the plan.

Now you see that I have completed the more complete block in on the forks.   At this point I am about half done as far as time.

Here is the completed painting and as you can see I finessed the shadows, added more detail to the forks, put in more cools and warm tones, and finished the background color with the brightest being in the upper left corner.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Silverware toss 6"x6" oil

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A friend of my suggested I paint a pile of silverware.   I started with a hand full of about 12 and it was a mess and, to me, not very interesting so I tried 5, which is a good number.   Threw them many times and pulled on the fabric and finally came up with this composition.  
I'm happy. ;-)

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Lady Pisemsky 11"x14' oil

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The model made this costume for a theatre production she was in and uses it in Renaissance fairs.   Her craftsmanship on the costume is very impressive.  There are 5 layers to her costume, eight pieces in all plus the feather fan.   This Russian costume shows how the wealthy dressed in 1580.
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Friday, February 8, 2013

How did you get in here? 6"x6" oil

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Just playing around with different arrangements.   In doing a series the challenge is exploring different set ups  and staying interested and excited about it so that the painting does not suffer.   Does that make sense?   Usually at the end of a series I no longer care about the subject and am ready to move on.  It hasn't happened yet with this subject.
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Fork it over! 6"x6" oil

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Moving along in the silverware theme here is another one.   I feel as though I am getting the hang of it although painting the tines are tricky.   I love seeing and capturing the subtle colors in the shadows.   Maybe I should polish the silver... 
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Forks spoons and shadows 6"x6" oil

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I don't like painting spoons and forks so I decided to challenge myself today and paint a whole gaggle of them.  I started differently than I usually do.   I usually use my paint brush to make a few guiding marks but this time because I was trying so hard to be in control (I know I need to let this go but sometimes the urge is too strong) I sketched it on the canvas with a pencil.   I also used a flat 1/2" synthetic brush to block in because it gave me a more precise edge.   My favorite part or parts of the painting are the shadows.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A mess of berries 6"x6" oil

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I painted this on Monday but it was too dark to photograph by the time I had finished so I could not post.  How did all those berries get out of the bowl?
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