Working in the studio right now on paintings for my Small Works: Still Life and Flower Show. The show will be on my website starting Oct 15.
peppers 8 x 10
I will have 15 small paintings ranging in size from 11×14 to 8×10 oil on linen. The paintings are from life in my studio and outdoor flower paintings from earlier this year in the spring and early summer.
silver vase and rose 9 x 12
The show will be up for two months until December 15 and we are offering free shipping on all purchases.
I have almost wrapped up my still life paintings, only two more to go. Fall is shaping up here in Virginia and I am looking forward to getting outside and painting some landscapes.
Painting in the studio is not as challenging as painting outdoors; you have no lighting constraints on you and I have to keep myself from falling into bad habits of organization while painting. When I started these I was sticking to the same procedures I used for outdoor work. I was developing the whole painting from big to small blocking the whole thing in quickly.
As I have become comfortable with my new routine indoors though, I’ve noticed a little back sliding on my part and a slower pace to my work. As you can see with this painting I didn’t block everything in at the beginning but sort of bounced around. This will have to change as soon as I get back outside in a couple of days. Weather and the sun moving through the sky should set me back on track pretty fast.
Once I have my setup and theme for the painting I Draw it on my board with a big brush being careful to measure relative sizes for the elements of the image. I compare positive and negative spaces when drawing like this.
I establish the background color and then the blue vase. Once the vase is in I go back and cool the background a little more. I block in the main masses for the flowers and start one of the bottles.
I get some shadows in for the bottles and vase and start with secondary shapes on all of the elements.
From here I spend most of my time refining the values and temperature changes for the smaller forms and reflective shapes.
I finish up by painting the table cloth and revisiting any edges and shapes that seem out of place for the overall tone of the piece.
I have finished up my little small works still life paintings. Prices and sizes with images are posted on my website. Diane has also made a little video of the paintings which you can see there too.
The online show will run through December 15th
Perfume Bottles and Chrysanthemums
8 x 10 Oil on Linen
Artisan Bread and honey 8 x 10 Oil on Linen
Brass Pot and Veggies 8 x 10 Oil on Linen
Dogwood 8 x 10 Oil on Linen
Peppers 8 x 10 Oil on Linen
Pothos and Wildflowers 8 x 10 Oil on Linen
Red Rose 10 x 8 Oil on Linen
Pink Rose 9 x 12 Oil on Linen
Silver Vase and Rose 9 x 12 Oil on Linen
Pink and Gold 9 x 12 Oil on Linen
Something Hot 9 x 12 Oil on Linen
Champagne Glow 11 x 14 Oil on Linen
Farm Fresh 11 x 14 Oil on Linen
Oleander 14 x 11 Oil on Linen
Summer Basket 11 x 14 Oil on Linen