Be Willing to Keep Working
still life

Be Willing to Keep Working

I am an impatient painter. I want to do mine alla prima (all at once). I am learning that sometimes that is good, and sometimes it is not. Now I am about to make corrections to a paintingI did earlier and just am not happy with. So here goes. Out of the Darkness This is…

Value Study in Classical Painting
Classical Painting

Value Study in Classical Painting

This week’s Threads skills workshop inspired me to work a bit more on value to paint form. I laid out my palette with a value scale, in this case of 7 values from white to black. The sphere and cylinder can be convincingly portrayed using these values. Once I became enthralled with classical drawing and…

2019 Studying with Paul Foxton
still life | Paul Foxton | Teachers

2019 Studying with Paul Foxton

Realism and Color Once I began to feel a bit of confidence it was time to move on to really study with someone who knows the process of making fine realistic still life paintings. Paul Foxton is just such a person. He’s also a wonderfully helpful teacher. He has a number of classes available. Joining…

Kelli Folsom | still life | Teachers

Composition: Have a Concept for your Painting

Know where you’re going at the beginning of the painting My favorite artist, David A. Leffel expressed this as the idea of “Concept”. Is your painting about Light, chiaroscuro. Understand the interplay of dark/light. Is your painting about Movement. Understand placement of the still life objects in your setup. Understand how light moves through the…

Daisy, Daisy
still life

Daisy, Daisy

Give me your answer, do No answer yet, but I certainly enjoyed picking these blossoms froma patch in my garden. My perennial garden is filled with blossoms and I wanted to catch them before they wilted in our 90 degree heat today. Then they begged to be painted so I obliged.

Ikebana Arrangement 1
still life | florals

Ikebana Arrangement 1

Fresh flowers are one of the great joys of life at the retirement center where I live. Painting them is a joy for me, too! Years ago a former resident left an endowment sufficient to allow for weekly visits to a local wholesaler to pick up fresh flowers. Resident members of the Flower Committee then…

How Drawing Bargue studies improved my paintings – White Orchids
still life | florals

How Drawing Bargue studies improved my paintings – White Orchids

Congratulations to the winning bidder! It was suggested that I spend the last month or so just drawing. It wasn’t clear to me that I really needed to study drawing, however I do think it’s been helpful. I was happy to be ready to offer one of my small oil paintings for sale. Now White…

Post Bargue
still life

Post Bargue

I’m back to painting now that I’ve done several Bargue drawing studies. Let me know if you can see any change. This is with adding a single glaze layer of olive green and alizarin. To get more depth of color I may add more layers later. The Old Masters used this technique. It takes quite…

Bargue Hands
still life | Bargue Studies

Bargue Hands

So now I’m beginning to do the Bargue book studies from the beginning. These are said to be the easiest and then progress ever more difficult. Oh, my! I’m not so sure. The proportions appear to be off. My drawings are surely not coming close to truly matching the originals. Hand 3 looks more like…

First Bargue Figure
still life | Bargue Studies

First Bargue Figure

Ok between doing drawing it from a photo: first upside down, with straight lines and only shadows. It’s not as bad as I feared. Perhaps by the end of a year doing just Bargue drawings I’ll be able to just draw these from a photo. Perhaps later on I’ll go back to doing realistic still…

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