Second pass on this one. I think I’m probably done with this one although already I can see stuff to do.
First pass on a white still life with lime. This is an exercise in painting close values. Pretty much everything is squeezed into a narrow value range which means a lot of simplifying and judging relationships. I’m feeling good about it so far – hopefully I won’t throw it all away tomorrow.
I did a little more work on this study. The right hand rose needed some work on form and more contrast and I sharpened up edges here and there. Don’t think I went too far but it’s close.
It’s been a while since I’ve had the oils out. They don’t feel quite as unwieldy as they used to and this was a great session. I’ll probably do a little more to this one although probably not too much.
After the values are all blocked in
After all the edges have been softened. We then went back in and sharpened up some areas to bring contrast and definition.
Side by side with the reference.
A value study in preparation for tomorrow’s Paul Foxton workshop.
Trying out a value study for one of next sessions classes. Not sure if I’m feeling it yet.
A real toughy today. Painting along with Paul Foxton on a daffodil value study in oil. Much much harder than it looks.
I’m starting to prepare for next months classes and needed some good, clear still life references. Out with the trusty tripod and LUMIX ZS50, some coroplast board and assorted fruits. I like to have bright and light photos for my still life classes. The classes are great for practicing color identification and mixing and the fruit shapes are simple enough for beginners to tackle. While I had the gear out I took some photos of my white wood blocks and colored spheres. The blocks are great for practicing painting values and the spheres for modeling form correctly. They seem simple but they’re not.
Clear colors, crisp shadows and a white jug for a little height.
These are just wooden toy blocks painted white with acrylic paint.
These are polystyrene balls which I’ve painted using acrylic. They’re not perfect – the bobbly surface disrupts the smooth change in value so I might invest in some wooden ones. Good enough for now though.
Value studies today for a large painting of Marlborough Baptist Church. I’ve done a tighter view of this before. The shape of the building is so interesting and I love the view through to it from Main Street that I wanted to give it another go.
I’m really starting to enjoy these simple value studies. Although in practice they are quite complicated to do. They don’t turn out to be great watercolors. Paul works in oils so his methodology is somewhat different to what I’m used to. This does shake things up a bit and I have to solve things somewhat differently to my usual working methods. The first couple I did I was a bit dismayed that they came out a little overworked and splotchy and I was working in many more layers that I usually would. As time has gone on I like the effect of all that effort more and more. If the values are right the overall effect outweighs any surface blemishes and the subject matter shines through.