Progress: “Spilled Pomegranates” (blocking in)

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I blocked in the color after diner last night.  You can see above that I started with a thin layer of the basic color I will use for the cloth.

I blocked in the colour after dinner last night. You can see above that I started with a thin layer of the basic color I will use for the cloth.

The shadows are blocked in next.

The shadows are blocked in next.

I needed to vary my reds and keep the painting from getting boring.  This will become more obvious as I start to add thicker paint.

I needed to vary my reds and keep the painting from getting boring. This will become more obvious as I start to add thicker paint.

Lastly I added the fleshy part of the open pomegranates.  After I was done I began to wonder what I was thinking  challenging myself like this.  The work ahead of me is going to be tedious but I know the end result will be worth it.

Lastly I added the fleshy part of the open pomegranates. After I was done I began to wonder what I was thinking challenging myself like this. The work ahead of me is going to be tedious but I know the end result will be worth it.

Painting process: “Spilled Pomegranates” 30 x 30 inches on board

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If you can't tell already, I really enjoy painting pomegranates.  I have set a challenge for myself to do a large study of spilled pomegranates.  I will use the above set up to create a painting overflowing with pomegranates.  It will be an arial view point and I have to create the composition from my imagination.  I have been thinking of doing this for quite a while and I am finally ready to give it a try.

If you can’t tell already, I really enjoy painting pomegranates. I have set a challenge for myself to do a large study of them. I will use the above set up to create a painting overflowing with pomegranates. It will be an aerial view and I have to create the composition from my imagination. I have been thinking of doing this for quite a while and I am finally ready to give it a try.

So far so good, I think.  I am just moving the fruit around on my little table so I can draw accurately and get an idea of where the shadows are.

So far so good, I think. I am just moving the fruit around on my little table so I can draw accurately and get an idea of where the shadows are.

I finished the drawing now, I still have a couple of shadows to paint in but I think the composition works.  I did take my time so this took an hour and a half.

I finished the drawing now, I still have a couple of shadows to paint in but I think the composition works. I did take my time so drawing took an hour and a half.  This might take a while to finish but I will post as I paint along.

“Pink Stargazer Lilies with lovely fruit” 30 x 30 inches, oil on cradled panel

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My back is not happy at the moment but I managed to finish my latest painting with frequent breaks.  The colours are very vibrant and the fruit look yummy.  The lilies are still going strong so I can enjoy them a bit more and I will munch on some fruit in the morning.

I am just loving the magenta with pops of yellow-green and yellow-orange.

I am just loving the magenta with pops of yellow-green and yellow-orange.

 

Painting the fabric on my latest work

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After laying in the basic beige for the fabric with a palette knife, I use a brush loaded with paint to drawn in the stems and leaves of the pattern.

After laying in the basic beige for the fabric with a palette knife, I used a brush loaded with paint to draw in the stems and leaves of the pattern.

fabric detail

fabric detail

A view from my easel.  You can see I have added the flowers to the fabric now.

A view from my easel. You can see I have added the flowers to the fabric now.

Fabric done.  I finished the pomegranates as well, they were beginning to look turn a funny colour.

Fabric done. I finished the pomegranates as well, they were beginning to turn a funny colour.

I’m on a roll! Magenta and tangerine- 30 x 30 inches on cradled panel

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I just had to use those lilies in something else, they were practically begging to be painted again.  So I went with a magenta and orange theme with blue and teal accents in the cloth.  A daring colour combo but I wanted to paint something bold.  I set the still life up last night before dinner.  I was supposed to paint the next morning but I couldn’t wait!  I was only going to sketch it in but once that happened there was no stopping me.  I finally came to a stopping point at around 5am!  Here are some pics:

The set up. How could I resist?  Look at those lilies!

The set up. How could I resist? Look at those lilies!

Colour blocked in.

Colour blocked in.

Lilies taking shape.

Lilies taking shape.

Adding the finishing touches.

Adding the finishing touches.

Lilies done.

Lilies done.

Painting process: Stargazers with Tangerines, 36 x 36 inches on canvas

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My wonderful and colorful set up.  It makes me happy just looking at it!  I can't wait to get started!

My wonderful and colorful set up. It makes me happy just looking at it! I can’t wait to get started!

My sketch .

My sketch .

Blocking in color.  I did the blues and blue-greens first because I want the reds, oranges and pinks to really pop.

Blocking in color. I did the blues and blue-greens first because I want the reds, oranges and pinks to really pop.

Fruit blocked in. Now it's time for the flowers.

Fruit blocked in. Now it’s time to add the thick paint. Starting with the background then the vase.

I painted in the vase and stems, then moved to the leaves, closed flower pods and budding flowers.

I painted in the background, vase and stems, then moved to the leaves, closed flower pods and blooming flowers.

detail of a blooming lily

detail of a blooming lily

After lining the open flowers with white I lay in the overall pink base color.

After lining the open flowers with white and a hint of yellow, I lay in the overall pink base color.

detail of open lily with pink base.

detail of open lily with pink base.

Then the darker magenta and reds are applied over the pink base.

Then the darker magenta and reds are applied over the pink base.

Lilies are done.

Dots and other details are added.  Lilies are done.

detail of finished lily

detail of finished lily

With the fabric done I begin shaping the fruit.

The fabric has been finished by adding the pattern last.  Using a small brush loaded with paint to draw out the patterns in the previously painted turquoise. The foreground and shadows of the fruit have been painted in as well.

detail of fabric, glass and the start to the pomegranates.

detail of fabric, glass and the start to the pomegranates.

detail of finished pomegranates and a simple blocking in of color for the tangerines.

detail of finished pomegranates.

Completed.  Very vibrant and full of life.

Completed. Very vibrant and full of life.  

detail of fruit and fabric.

detail of fruit and fabric.

Cupcakes galore! Pics from Saturday’s workshop.

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I taught a workshop on Saturday April 5th, the subject was sweet treats!  The most popular sweet treat was the humble cupcake.  Good choice I think!  It was only a few of us but we had a great time.  Enjoy the pics:

What I painted for the demonstration.  Yummy!

What I painted for the demonstration. Yummy!

Student workspace.

Student workspace.

Student work in progress.

Student work in progress.

Took some pictures around the studio during a break.  Here are some flowers by the tractor outside.

Took some pictures around the studio during a break. Here are some flowers by the tractor outside.

We had an audience outside the studio doors.

We had an audience outside the studio doors.

Sheep!

Sheep!

pretty cool looking

pretty cool looking

Finished student work.  A great vibrant painting!

Finished student work. A great vibrant painting!

Student work in progress.

Student work in progress.

Finished student work.  An inviting little painting!

Finished student work. An inviting little painting!

Painting process continued: Lilies w/ white peaches

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In the last post I stopped after finishing the floral fabric.  So here I have finished the fruit and the bowl.

In the last post I stopped after finishing the floral fabric. So here I have finished the fruit and the bowl.

Now it is time for the foreground.  Starting with my shadows and filling in the lighter squares.

Now it is time for the foreground. Starting with my shadows and filling in the lighter squares.

(bowl detail)

(bowl detail)

 

Done!  I finished yesterday evening and have been taking it easy today.

Done! I finished yesterday evening and have been taking it easy today.

(pear detail)

(pear detail)

(anemone detail)

(anemone detail)

(lily detail)

(lily detail)

Painting process: Lilies w/ white peaches (canvas, 36 x 36 inches)

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My set up.  Red , pink and green is the theme.

My set up. Red , pink and green is the theme.

The sketch.

The sketch.

I am starting by blocking in the greens.

I am starting by blocking in the greens.

More colours blocked in.

More colours blocked in.

I move to the dark red in the vase before adding the red background.

I move to the dark red in the vase before adding the red background.

I added the red last so I didn't go too dark.

I added the red last so I didn’t go too dark.

Detail finished on the flowers, vases and cloth.  I just have the fruit, bowl and foreground to finish.  I have been working on this off and on since Saturday evening.  I hope to finish today.

Detail finished on the flowers, vases and cloth. I just have the fruit, bowl and foreground to finish. I have been working on this off and on since Saturday evening. I hope to finish today.

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