Thanks everyone for visiting. This time around in painting I wanted to tackle some different textures. I wanted to paint this unique tea pot that I acquired while in high school. I always loved the patina like glaze and the handmade feel of its form. Throughout most of all of my still life's there has been signs of age, cracks and decay. I've never really been drawn to ultra smooth or perfect scenes. I feel there is so much more character in distressed items. In my opinion the story will pretty much tell itself when you come across and portray those one of a kind objects.
Here is my basic set-up for the still life. I almost always work with the set-up directly beside my working surface to get a one to one comparison. When working on still life I find if most useful to work in this manor.
In starting this painting I quickly sketched out all the major forms on paper with pencil. In this stage of the process is where I decide the size and placements of the final composition. For this piece I chose to go with 12 X 10 inches.
The next stage was to transfer the drawing to the linen. I used a fine weave oil primed linen on panel that I bought from New Tradition. I believe it was L600.
In the Raw Umber wash stage I try to find the tonal relationships between the objects. I work in a general way compressing values making simple flat tones. I'm not interested in details or turning forms at this point. All of the little nuances will come with time in the later stages of the painting. In the back of my mind I'm starting to construct a base and narrow down my decision making for the later layers of paint.
Thank you again for visiting.