I finally finished the last two paintings in this six piece series I started last year. They’re all based on the same still life and my intention when I started was to work with the techniques introduced in the Craftsy class I had completed – I liked the subject matter and the idea of creating variations.
Below are all of the paintings together. I intend to hang them all on my living room wall to emphasize the differences and similarities between them. I will probably try another series similar to this, but I will use it to explore a variety of colour palettes. AFTER I finish at least some of the many paintings I have begun and am currently stuck on.
Wine & Pears One, Oct 7, 2017, Oil on Panel, 20″ X 16″
Wine & Pears Two, Oct 21, 2017, Oil on Panel, 20″ X 16″
Wine & Pears Three, Jan 14, 2018, Oil on Panel, 20″ X 16″
Wine & Pears Four, Jan 28, 2018, Oil on Panel, 20″ X 16″
Wine & Pears Five, Feb 19, 2018, Oil on Panel, 20″ X 16″
Wine & Pears Six, Mar 3, 2018, Oil on Panel, 20″ X 16″
I haven’t been painting that much lately with all of the time I’m spending on my daily drawing project, but I am slowly working through a series of what I hope will be six paintings of the same still life in different styles. I posted the first two paintings in October. The latest two are here.
Back in September I took on a composition of spoons on the spur of the moment, but I wasn’t really impressed with how it went. It sat against the wall, rather unloved until a couple weeks ago when I decided to see if I could improve upon it. I haven’t decide which one I like better – not that it matters as I simply painted over the first version to reach the second one. I find the subject matter interesting and I may have to try it again down the road.
I’ve decided to play around a little with a series of paintings of the same still life approached with different styles. I have two completed and I’m not sure how many I will paint in total – it will depend mainly on my attention span. The first painting was done using the basic technique introduced in the Craftsy course that I completed: Paint & Palette Essentials. I didn’t incorporate all of the ideas from the course, but I did work quite a few in. Overall I’m pleased with the results in both paintings.
Another painting on a reclaimed panel – not as successful as last week though – I seem to struggle with the illusion of volume when I’m dealing with darker coloured objects. Or maybe it was the variation of the colour of the apples that threw me. Either way, I need to go back and try another one of these next week, eliminating one of these two factors so that I can work through this. Hopefully I’ll do better next time. It’s all about learning…
My new work commute has me listening to podcasts and I have a new favourite – Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell. And this episode, which in Malcolm’s words is about “the role that time and iteration play in the production of genius, and how some of the most memorable works of art had modest and undistinguished births.” Very interesting.
Three images this week. The glass of my lemon vase slowly develops, open books gain some definition and I manage one of my three drawings for the week. And ‘manage’ is a term I use loosely… It’s been an odd week though – hopefully this one is better.