|From and For My Love, Oil on Linen, 16" x 14" in.|
So I started this painting as I commonly do with still life, with a pencil drawing on paper. This stage gives me a clearer understanding of the composition and relationship of the objects in it. I think of it as a confidence building stage. The more time I spend on this stage the easier the painting will be. Lately I have found myself in this stage longer making sure all of my articulation is well represented.
|Pencil drawing on paper|
|Raw Umber Tonal Wash|
|Still Life Set-up|
|Coloring the Orange|
|Building the Background to Assist the Foreground|
|Establishing the Shadows on the Copper Pot|
|Rendering the Form of the Copper Pot|
|Base Platform Rendering|
|Adding the Shadow Color to the Blue Fabric|
|Laying in the Blue Fabric|
|Rapid Application of the Wood|
|Further Modeling of the Wood|
|Finishing Up the Copper Pot|
In the photo above I'd like to point out the chalkiness of the background in the darks of the upper left hand corner. This is called sinking in. Sinking in is a common occurrence when oil dries and is absorbed from the under layers but much more noticeable in the darker pigments. I have been using a mixture lately of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber in place of Ivory Black. I find It dries much faster and will not lift like Ivory Black does while Oiling Out the sunken in areas. If I really need a value as dark as Ivory Black I can use in during my last pass over the panting.
The linen is covered with color but is it correct? I must now wait for the painting to dry and Oil it Out to check for any areas that my need touch ups or repainting. After Oiling out I saw many areas that need to be reworked. The major area that needed the most work was the blue fabric. I had noticed some edge and tonal problems. I remedied these areas by totally repainting the background in once shoot making sure everything was painted wet into wet. Other than the background fabric I just fiddled around adding details and highlights until I arrived to the end of this piece.
|The Linen is Covered with Color|
|The Finished Painting|
Thank you for viewing.