I started this painting earlier in the summer and didn't have time to finish it. When I decided to continue a few weeks later, I needed to make changes since the grapes and peach I had used in the set up were long gone. So, needless to say, it took me longer than usual to complete it,but I am finally happy with it!
A few weeks ago I did a painting demonstration for our art club. It was fun, and the time (1 1/2 hours) went by quick. My painting was only in it's beginning stages when my time was up. So, I took it home, set the still life back up, and eventually finished it. Below are pictures of the demo, and above is the finished painting.
Since this painting was created in this unusual way, I thought I would offer it for sale with a special lower bid price.
Thank You for stopping to look at my artwork today!
I started this new painting over and old one. The previous painting was never finished and I decided to sand it down and start something fresh. You can still see bits of the old paint behind my new drawing. (By the way, if you are sanding down an old painting, if you pour a little OMS -odorless mineral spirits, onto the painting and then "wet sand" it with sand paper, there is no dust, and easier to clean up.)
I don't know why I chose these objects to paint, other than they were interesting shapes and made a nice arrangement together... in the end, I changed the colors of the butterfly... I think it's finished, not quite sure yet. Thank you for looking!
Cyclamen are so fun to paint and draw, their petals twist and turn in every direction! I bought the cyclamen plant in the store, and the forsythia are from a bush in my yard. They aren't in bloom yet, it is too early, but I cut some twigs from it and brought them inside. After a few days in water, they began to bloom!
Below are some work in progress photos, I began on a toned canvas board, with a dry wash of burnt sienna (or similar color, I forget).
Then with thin raw umber and a small brush, I drew the flowers and then filled in with color.
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.