I am back! I know it has been sometime now. I have said before that I want to awaken my blog again and make it a place for sharing my art, life and useful information. I think I have figured out how I can make that happen. I hope to update at least once a month. This should be doable with my busy schedule.
These are two of my newest pieces. I am really enjoying still life work. Anything is fodder for the artistic mill. I already have other set-ups in mind using some of my fun personal things. I love retro and reflections - the two r's! I will still do other subjects for my collectors and so I keep myself challenged and excited about the subjects I paint, but I will throw in still life work as well.
For History of Pyrex I set up some of my personal pieces that I use all the time. The orange bowl and brown casserole were wedding shower gifts many moons ago! Cocktails and Mustard was born when I noticed the sun shining on some liquor bottles on my china cabinet. I quickly added the cordial glass and antique mustard tin for color and interest and grabbed my camera!
I think it is really important to under paint your image to eliminate the stark white underneath. This helps if you miss a spot which is easy to do on textured support like canvas. You won't have the bright white showing through. There are different approaches to this. I was taught to tone for light and shadow underneath - ultramarine blue watered down for shadow and raw sienna watered down for light. Another approach is to under paint with a compliment. For example, if you are doing a landscape that is mostly green - under paint with red to make the greens sing! Give it a try and see what works for you. I know one artist that always under paints with magenta so it all depends on your style and preference.
Thanks for reading and see you soon!