Small Works Show Still Life and Flowers

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.

Perfume Bottles and Chrysanthemums Demo

Armand Cabrera

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.

Finished Still Life Paintings

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