Archive for the ‘Still Life’ Category

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Pot and Rose Buds

April 16, 2018

Pot and Rose Buds – Oil on Canvas – 11″ x 14″

On a visit to a local antique mall, I picked up this brown pot. I realized that it could yield some interesting reflections. Began to put together a still life grouping. After I started to play with folds in the fabric, I decided to remove some of the items. By reducing the set up to the pot, I could really play with the folds in the cloth and the resulting reflections. Initially, the set up only included the pot and pink roses. As I was nearing completion, we decided to add the purple flowers to add a change of color.

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Because Tradition

March 22, 2018

Because Tradition – Oil on Canvas – 16″ x 20″

Visited an antique store with my son. Found an interesting silver tea pot at a very attractive price. Sent a photo to my wife for her opinion. Helen replied “No.” Later, found a more interesting pot. Again, I sent a photo. Helen replied “No. We already have one”. I was puzzled. I do not recall having one in the collection of still life props.

Later that evening, Helen showed me the tea pot. It was part of a silver set given to us at our wedding by her brother. It’s tradition. I requested that Helen set up a still life. Getting the base color of the silver was a challenge. Had to go through a couple ideas to get comfortable with the background. The configuration of cardboard and canvases to shield the set up from the other light sources had the studio in disarray.

Happy with the results.

 

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Apples and Marble Jar / Boone Outbuilding

March 16, 2018

Apples and Marble Jar – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Rebuilding inventory of these small paintings. The galleries do well with these as point-of-purchase displays. Both of these were started as demonstrations for my Oil painting students. The barns were gleaned from a watercolor painting created a few years ago. The jar with the marbles was a fun find when I was at an antique mall looking for something else.

Now, to finish a few more of these before I make a delivery in a couple weeks to a gallery preparing for the summer season.

Boone Outbuilding – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

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Teapot Reflections and Tea Kettle

March 1, 2018

Teapot Reflections – Oil on Canvas – 10″ x 8″

Worked these two designs for my oil painting students. Although both designs use the same elements in the same formation, the format makes a dramatic difference. I urge my students to quickly work at least six thumbnails of the scene. Designs can be worked panning out, zooming in, crop, horizon up, horizon down, alter the format (ex. 8″ x 10″ vs 8″ x 16″, etc.). This forces an artist to look beyond the initial excitement and beyond the obvious. Often I find that the second or third is design is a stronger composition and offers a better opportunity. I find that instead of one painting, I have up to half a dozen or more good opportunities. I do this and hope to convince students of the success. Unfortunately, this lesson is too often neglected by students.

Tea Kettle – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

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Reflections

February 28, 2018

Reflections – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Started for my oil students. Always fun to play with reflections off of this metal bowl. Fun to watch the students tackle this. They learn a lot about reflections, refractions, colors, and shadows. Sometimes I get into trouble because I forget to clean this bowl and return it to our kitchen cabinets (do not interfere with the wife’s cooking routine).

Used this same set up for my advanced watercolor group. Fun and interesting to see the differences based upon the choice of medium.

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Flyer with Gourds

January 4, 2018

Flyer Jr with Gourds – Oil on Canvas – 12″ x 16″

I had created a painting of an empty red wagon. It was requested by and displayed at a gallery for several months. The gallery swapped out the painting. Back at my studio, I pondered about the painting now setting in my inventory. I decided to modify the painting by improvising and adding pumpkins. I utilized some pumpkins from our garden ts models. I like the results.

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Autumn Willow and Pear Study

January 1, 2018

Autumn Willow – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Two more small oil paintings started as a resource for my Oil students. The willow tree is from a reference photo. The willow is at the entrance to Midway Village in Rockford. The pears were started to help my students understand methods for tackling folds in cloth. Both paintings were quickly requested by galleries for display (and sale – hopefully).

Pear Study – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Happy New Year. Hoping that you all enjoy a prosperous and happy 2018. Thank you for following my posts.