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Friday, March 29, 2013

Apple Study

"Apple"
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I focused on values and saturated-subdued color contrast in this study. It was interesting to see how grays around a subject can make a color glow and help the subject to stand out.

Monday, March 25, 2013

"Creamer and Mandarins"
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

Sometimes a still life happens almost effortlessly. That one is an example. I didn't have to work long on a set-up. It just worked right away. How can I make that happen more often??

I really like values in this study. One Rule of Composition, which Greg Albert nicely describes in his book "The Simple Secret to Better Painting", works. The One Rule is: Never make any two intervals the same. The study is made up of mostly mid-value, some black and a bit of white.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pears

"Pears"
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

I used the same set up from the previous day (minus the apple) and wanted to work with light and shadow. It was interesting to see how light affects almost identical objects. One pear was slightly warmer than another. I also tried to stay away from white in order to keep my colors more saturated.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Apple and Pear

"Apple and Pear"
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard
SOLD

I spent a couple of days struggling with my still lifes. I was working on a painting with orange pansies on Friday. After two hours I absolutely forgot a rule - if a painting doesn't work after several hours of work wipe it off and start over. Nope, I didn't want to leave it alone. The results were two things - an unhappy artist and an overworked tired panel. All I needed is to stop. I learned my lesson...

I finally took a break and went to a local health store and bought a bag of organic apples. And one looked just perfect for a still life. Its beautiful bright red was very attractive. All I needed to do - to keep my colors pure. The approach in this study was light and shadow...

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Radishes

"Radishes"
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard




I am craving for color. I guess it often happens here at the Oregon Coast especially at the end of winter. I have saturated radishes on more subdued background.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"Plums"
6" x 6"
oil on gessoboard

That is the smallest painting I've ever painted. 6x6 seems to be the most common size for many daily painters. I am not a daily painter yet, but it would be great if I could be disciplined enough to paint every day. We'll see where it goes... It was interesting to work small. I spent the same amount of time as on bigger paintings.

Strong tonal value contrast is the main goal of this painting. Black plums are balanced and contrasted with the brighter vase and a high-key background.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

"Pears"
8" x 10"
oil on canvas panel

Color contrast was the main goal in this painting. Yellows and oranges of pears contrast with cool background. I used the most saturated color in the focal point where the central pear meets the bowl, and contrasted, less saturated background helps it to stand out...

Friday, March 1, 2013

Statue

"Statue"
10" x 8"
oil on canvas panel

As I mentioned before I mostly paint from life. For this painting I broke my rule and used a photograph. I know many artists do. The reference picture was taken in Russia, near St. Petersburg in Tsarskoye Selo,  the town containing a former Russian residence of the imperial family... It is such an amazing place to visit...