Sunday, July 31, 2011

"Juicy Fruit"

Here is my new still-life. It is on a 16 by 20 inch canvas, and is in oil.

Over time as I painted it, I took notes after some of the sessions. You can read those below:

For session 1, the under-painting, I used two pigments, terra rosa, and transparent oxide brown.

For session 2, I filled in some of the background. Rather than using one pigment for the whole thing -- what my painting instructor calls house painting -- I mixed up some various shades and tints of green, the lighter ones being cooler, and the darker ones being warmer. I dabbed it on making subtle variations, pushing darker foreground items with lighter paint, and the opposite with lighter foreground items. It was a little bit of an experiment. We'll see if it works.

For session 4, I toned back the background a bit. I thought that the texture of the background was competing with the rest of the painting. Also, each session, I darken up the wood using transparent oxide brown. The reflections in the wood are quite bright, so I may tone them back with a glaze later on.

Session 5 was supposed to be done. In fact, I signed it. Over about a week, however, I did some touch ups. As a result, I made it into its own session below.

If you want to see the progress over time, check out the links below:

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Here is the under-drawing for a new still-life, another kitchen still-life. It is on a 16 by 20 inch canvas.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


This is my new painting, from a photo of Julie and I making pasta from our recent trip to Italy. This painting is bigger than my other paintings, 30 x 24 inches.

It used a very limited palette of pigments:

Terra Rosa
Transparent Oxide Brown
Ultramarine Blue
Titanium White
Cobalt Blue
Cadmium Red
Sap Green
Naples Yellow

Here are the notes I made during the progress of the painting:

I plan to take a long time doing the under-painting on this one, doing one section at a time. The idea is to start out with warm transparent pigments, and glazes. After that, I will move in with some color. So far, the two pigments I've used are Transparent Oxide Brown, and Terra Rosa.

Between the second and third painting sessions, I really struggled with Julie's face. I broke my rule and used an opaque paint, Titanium White, for session three to correct some of session two's problems. I am still not totally happy with it, however.

For session four, I started filling in some of the background. I really like the painterly quality of it. I hope that I do not lose that when I put some glazes over it.

For session 5, I finished up the figure of me on the under-painting. After that, I added a glaze of medium and ultramarine blue to some of the background.

By session 7, the under-painting was complete.

Could session 14 be the final version? It just might be. I will let it dry over the week, and see if I want to make any changes. After that, it is getting signed and is DONE!

Nope! Fifteen?

If you want to check out the progress over time, use the links below:

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Session 6
Session 7
Session 8
Session 9
Session 10
Session 11
Session 12
Session 13
Session 14
Session 15