Thursday, April 23, 2009

Red Roses - WIP

Set Up

First Color Layer - Day one

Each time I put together a set up, I take several photos. Then I print one out in gray scale and tape it along side my surface so I can judge the proportions and see value. This first day was spend laying in the color and trying to decide what I want to do with the background. A light background is a nice choice to set off the beautiful ruby red roses. My vase is a mottled turquoise blue with a yellow base. I just love the color scheme and am looking forward to finishing!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Pink Rose

This painting is my attempt at copying the free lesson of Alexei Antonov listed on his website. I learned so much from painting his demo. It was tricky trying to keep the colors from muddying in the shadow areas. If you are interested in purchasing this painting, please click to bid on Ebay.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Oriental Vase Completed

This is the completed painting. After putting it aside for several days I realized the blue glass was not properly lit. I added a blue reflection on the vase that was needed to add life to the painting. SOLD

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Oriental Vase

My set up.

My studio lay out.

I've begun a new painting based on my interpretation of the art of one of my favorite artist's Jeff Legg. I am trying to paint with less detail and make more of a statement with lighting. This jar has so many nooks and crannies on the surface and simplifying it is a challenge. After I set up the elements of the painting, I print a gray scale photo of the image that I tape to my easel. This helps me see values more clearly.

This is my first attempt at laying in the color and defining the elements of the design. I think the leaves are too intense and the vase needs more brightness.

After the second day of painting, I feel the table needs some warmth and the tangerines in the back need to be toned down a bit.