Saturday, July 23, 2011

Still Life in progress

Thanks to all of you who left such lovely comments on my last post about the TD Art Gallery Paint-In. I had planned to do an interactive painting station for the public to participate, but the weather didn't cooperate, so instead I did a painting give away. This is the grisaille I painted at the Paint-In .

Today I had a bit of time to paint, so I started adding the colour. I started the process by selecting objects and creating my still life. I set up the still life on a table my garden, trying a number possible arrangements, and finally settled on this one and photographed it. I often paint still lifes from life, but because I wanted to capture the feeling on sunshine on the set up I needed to work from a photograph to keep the light constant, as I knew I would be painting it in several sessions.

I realize that lately when I paint, I've been starting at the top of the painting and working my way down through the canvas as it prevents smudging, and as I move forward through space, I layer over the objects just painted. I'm just in a blocking in process at this point.

I now have the whole painting blocked in roughly and will start creating more form with adjustments to light and shadow, and will plan my edges and work on softening some, loosing some and sharpening others. I'll also start to add some details in the cloth etc. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have a bit of time to paint again.


  1. Your painting is already showing a lot of fresh light and liveliness at this stage! Thanks so much for your very generous comment on my blog. I hope you enjoy every minute of your family visit!

  2. Love seeing how you progress through a painting. Very informative and helpful!

  3. Thank you Lorraine and Virginia for visiting and taking the time to comment. It's such a busy season with holidays and visitors, so it's really very renewing to take a little bit of time to paint. Have to get my painting fix!

  4. Je suis heureuse d'admirer l'évolution de ton travail prodigieux...
    gros bisous