I started this one a bit differently. I thinly painted some transparent red oxide onto the white gessoed surface of the board, and then started painting the background and apple. The reddish color shows through and is mixed in here and there and I liked the effect.
It was difficult to get the colors right in the photograph. The background is such a beautiful soft gray, greenish.. bluish... lovely mix. The same thing with the table top, it's very white, with small flecks of subtle color.
I started this painting on a board toned with transparent oxide red, and thought I would try using pastel for an underpainting, I colored in the drawing with the pastels and then used a brush with turpentine to wet and spread the pastel color...
pastel set with turpentine
Once it was dry, I began with oil paint. It was interesting to try using the pastels to start, not needing to mix colors, I just chose a pastel close to the color I wanted. It worked out ok, but I don't know if I'll use this method each time I paint. It was fun to try.
This is the oil painting in progress, you can still see the reddish ground on the right side of the apple. I really like the red tone underneath showing through the other colors! It gave the whole painting a sense of warmth and airiness... if thats a word! lol,
I finally finished this painting! I have a photo of this work in progress on my Instagram @dbeckscooper. I posted it there from my ipad, and I'm just not sure how to post it here as I'm using my desktop computer...? Anyway, I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, it is so short! Here we are nearing the end of August already.
Every so often I'll see a painting of a suspended bunch of grapes, and I've been wanting to try to do one myself. So, today was the day, and I love how it came out! I started out with the light casting a long shadow, but I changed it later.
Also, for fun, I digitally put the image in a frame just to see how it would look. (The actual painting is not framed)
Happy New Year to all! Here is a new little painting to start the year off... I am looking forward to lots of painting and drawing this year, especially during the cold winter months. The days may be shorter, but I spend more time inside.
A red rose, shiny metal creamer, and a bowl with lemon... I'm always very excited when I start a new
painting, I just hope the excitement lasts through to the end.. I'm taking my time and started with a raw umber under painting for this one. It seemed to put me at ease knowing I just have to work with values, dark and light, and that's it.... I did sneak in some red on the rose though, I couldn't help it!
I've been slowly getting myself back into painting, and after doing a couple of little practice paintings, I set to work on this 8x10. I've refreshed my mind, gotten some focus back and I am finding ways to make sure I am relaxed and am enjoying the process of painting. I'm very excited with how this one is progressing!