Sunday, October 25, 2009

pumpkin with mirror ball 8x10

I might try this again with a different background and lighting.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

eggplant and pumpkin 8x10

Here's some autumn bounty from the school garden.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Crayolas #6 6x8

I did this one for a friend of mine. I had set everything up on my stage and was getting my palette prepped When I noticed that my crayons were liquefying. I guess they didn't like the new halogen lamp I was using! Luckily I have lots of crayons. I cleaned my glass and put a new batch in it. I had to move the light farther away and I had to turn it off periodically even then. It was worth it though. I like the warmer more intense light.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

hammer and screwdriver 8x10

Here's the finished painting. I finished the block of wood that the tools are sitting on and made a few more small adjustments to the hammer and screwdriver. You can click on the image to get a larger view. There are probably thousands of ways to approach a painting. This is just how I decided to tackle this one. Sometimes I start blocking in the background much sooner and then work back and forth between the still life and the space surrounding it.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

hammer and screwdriver 8x10

A couple of visitors to this blog have asked to see how I go about making a painting. So here it goes...
I generally start with a loose monochromatic under-painting. I typically use transparent red oxide or some other warm earth tone. In this case I've used the red oxide and some ultramarine blue because the hammer has some very dark parts to it. I did not use this combo on the screwdriver because I want the color of the handle to be a lot cleaner. I'm trying to achieve that translucent look by allowing the light to bounce off the white ground of my painting through the paint without an under-painting to muddy it up. This isn't a factor with the hammer. the dark under-painting adds weight to it and will hopefully help it feel more solid and heavy.

Once I get the basic shapes of the objects blocked in I start to work back and forth between them. I'm adjusting the values and tightening up the drawing a bit. I'm still using a pretty big brush, a #6 flat in this case. I use a bristle bright for the under-painting and sable blend flat when I start working on top of that. The softer hairs don't lift the paint off the under-painting as much as a bristle would.

Once I get the objects pretty well established I begin blocking in the background and adding the cast shadow. During this stage I continue to work on the hammer and the screwdriver. I'm trying to keep the figure-ground relationship believable. I'm also continuing to refine the drawing as I paint the background around the objects.

At this point I've pretty much got the entire background blocked in with the cast shadows and the light that's refracting through the screwdriver's plastic handle. I'm not really trying to smooth this out or make it look too finished. I'm trying for a broader, more painterly solution. I also don't want to over paint the background because I don't want obliterate the warm under-painting. I've also added some surface detail to the rubber handle of the hammer. Now all I need to do to finish up is to paint the block of wood the arrangement is sitting on. The dark under-painting will be the darkest part of the block. Most of the wood will be much lighter. I'll post the finished picture tomorrow.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

water and eggplant 10x8

I haven't had much time to paint lately. I'm trying to remedy that.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009