Tag Archives: Still life

New Still Life Painting Begun

I started a new painting this week with an idea in my mind of a classic still life of a bowl of fruit set on a table.  I began with a 24 X 20 canvas that was prepared by rolling on three coats of gesso, letting each coat dry overnight and lightly sanding each coat.  I had imagined the layout for a few days. I started by lightly sketching in the main elements with Raw Sienna and lots of water, leaving areas of almost pure white where the strongest sunshine would fall.  I was going to place an antique map in a frame in the upper right corner, so I sketched this in, too. The initial sketch was loosely painted and set up the contrasting areas of light and dark.

I followed this up with Burnt Sienna to strengthen the contrast of light and dark. I then went a little further with a wash of Naphthol Crimson (any deep red would do here,) where the deepest shadow would be.  There were a couple of brush strokes that looked like a stack of plates to the left of the bowl of fruit.  I strengthened that idea by indicating the stack of plates with a few quick strokes of paint.

I always let a painting like this “cook”.  Later in the evening, I sat the painting beside the television and frequently stared at it.  The loose brush strokes in the “map” began to resolve into a reflection of a couple of children standing around some object.  You would be seeing the reflection of the group on the other side of the room, behind you. I wanted to add a chair at the end of the table so I am borrowing a chair with lion heads at the top of the side rails from a Vermeer painting as a tribute to one of my favorite artists. I also added a basket under the table to break up this void.

I have a working title of “Reflections” for this painting for now.  It’s a lot of fun, and quite liberating to develop a painting without a source to work from.  I’m thinking of  dark and subdued colors  with a green and gold striped Victorian wall paper; and silver bowl and gold-rimmed plates sitting on a deep mahogany table. Bright sunlight will fall on the wall, bowl of fruit and the tabletop.

Stay tuned for more photos.

Two New Paintings Completed

I went back to my favorite subject, still life.  I had several of these objects in the studio.  The wood shoe, glass insulator and small black jar were found in antique shops, the birds and scissors were my Mother-in-law’s, and the Hot Wheel truck is my grandson’s.

The shadow box and other items were from my imiganation.  A fun painting to do with all the different surfaces and textures to paint.

20 X 24, October, 2010
Acrylic on canvas

I attended the ninth annual Native American Pow-wow in Haverhill, MA  on September 11, 2010 and got some great photos. This is a painting of Native American Head Dancer Don Barnaby.   There were several other dancers that I hope to paint in the future.

Native American Dancer Don Barnaby
20 X 24, October, 2010
Acrylic on canvas

Two Student Works Completed

Roland finished his light house painting.   Good Job, Roland!  Mike finished his still life and it has good contrast and color.  Another good job, Mike!