I decided there was nothing to lose by trying some new techniques with this one. Here are the results. I’m quite happy!
It’s much stronger and braver now. I brought back some of my original compositional elements and got much less literal with the leaves. It’s interesting to see how much more alive the piece is now.
Here’s from before:
This has been a really hard piece. So much going on!
It’s not quite done yet. There are still a few areas to clarify and I need to bump up the reflected light on the small vase. I think I’m in danger of overworking it though so I’m going to let it rest. After it dries a week I think I’ll be able to reinvigorate it again.
In the meantime I’m ready for something simpler and without too many leaves!
I enjoyed the last little still life quite a bit. The rains hadn’t knocked all the red flowers off the first flowering shrub and the lilacs started blooming. That plus throwing my knee out moving furniture yesterday kept me home from my drawing class today. I figured I could set up another still life and work on it while seated. I hobbled out and got the flowers, found the sake vessels and spent an hour working on composition. (I struggle with still life set up.) I think the effort spent on set up paid off. This is just a start, but I feel it’s a promising one 🙂
It’s quite a bit bigger than the last one. 20×20… A challenge for me… but lately I’ve been feeling like I like the freedom of a bigger size.
I hope I don’t ruin it…
I think it might be done!
I’m working on getting my drawing and painting to come together more. I think if I can achieve in my painting some of what I get from my drawings it will make the paintings stronger. I was really conscious in this piece of creating the form out of tone and looseness. In my drawings I erase as much as I put down. In this piece, I scraped back a lot. I also tried not to iterate everything; let some things be unstated. Or understated… I think I got closer to the feel of my drawings. One real challenge is finding time to paint during the week.
I may still tweak this piece a bit once this layer dries… I think I need to darken the bit behind the dish a hair and up the shadows slightly…