Friday, December 18, 2009

"French Coffee Break" 5"x7" oil painting

As it happens every so often, the model called in sick so I had to do a regular daily painting.   A friend loaned me her french coffee press to paint.   It was fun!  The coffee is dark brown but the surface was reflecting the green wall so I blended the two colors together with a little white.  The inside glass was steamy and dripping with condensation so I grayed it out with white, yellow ochre and a little green.  I know that there is some rule about never putting something in the middle of the composition but I like breaking the rules.   Actually there are always exceptions where the no no's become ah ha's!

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