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!
I have been away from my studio, and my blog.. and the computer for most of the summer... I just stopped trying to do any artwork with my eyesight giving me so much trouble. I had cataract surgery scheduled for the end of August, and another in September. Now, both of my eyes have been done, and still need time to heal, I still have some flickering reflections in my right eye and a bit in my left. They say it should go away... but I am so impatient, I just want to start doing something! So, I am re posting this painting of cherries, I adjusted the color of the picture now that I can see better.
Thank you all for your comments, I'm sorry I didn't get them until now, I had a problem with my computer, and I stopped using it, and didn't check the blog.
Since the cataract surgery, my eyesight has changed dramatically. Everything is brighter, and clearer than before, it's taking some getting used to. Another big change is that I can see fairly clearly for distance, but I can't see clearly up close, and need reader glasses for that. (I used to be extremely nearsighted, so without my glasses everything was blurry for me except up close to my face was clear) So, I will have to learn how to do my artwork looking through the reader glasses, and then looking over them to see my subject further away. ;-)... I haven't tried to paint anything yet. I've just been practicing sketching for now. It's been so long since I've painted anything, I feel as if I've forgotten how! I hope not! lol...
I'm not sure what the end result of my eyesight will be... it's still a bit blurry in the distance... but it's still early, they say vision improves during the first month after surgery... I hope so. Or, I can just get glasses to correct that I suppose... we'll see!
I took this photo from above, with the painting lying on the table beside the cherries.
I've been slowing down a bit with my painting, as I've been having more and more trouble with cataracts affecting my eyesight .Over the last year especially it's been a nuisance,since my eyes are very nearsighted the cararacts just make it worse. So,the doctor says I'm ready to have surgery (in late August) to replace the cloudy lenses in my eyes with clear artificial ones. Hopefully afterwards my eyesight will improve and the glare and cloudiness will be gone, and painting will be a little less challenging!