In my studio: More progress on Autumn/Winter still life

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I have been painting like mad for two days and I am very close to finishing this piece!

I’ve been painting like mad for two days and I am very close to finishing this piece! 

In my studio: Autumn/Winter still life, colour blocking done

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I like where this is headed!

I like where this is headed!

In my studio: Starting an Autumn/Winter still life- 35 x 35 inches

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I have been looking forward to painting my new pitcher and jug.  Keeping with the seasonal theme I added persimmons, a small branch with berries from my front garden and tiny frosted pine cones.  it is getting a bit colder and I am really getting excited about Thanksgiving and Christmas!  Can you tell?

I have been looking forward to painting my new pitcher and jug for two weeks.  I found them in an antique shop not too far from us in Lavenham.  Keeping with the seasonal theme I added persimmons, a small branch with berries from my front garden and branches with tiny frosted pine cones. It is getting a bit colder and I am really getting excited about Thanksgiving and Christmas! Can you tell?  The drawing looks a bit crazy towards the top but, when I block in the colour it will make more sense.  Also, my lilies are taking their sweet time opening up.  Using images of other still life set ups I sketched in some open lilies.  Ok, back to work I go!

What’s drying in my studio: I’m finally done! 30 x 36 inch Autumn still life

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Well, it took quite a while to finish but I am happy with the end result.   I would have taken more pictures but I just wanted to finish.  This painting has taken way more time than needed.  I was just plain tuckered out to be honest.  The detail involved was a bit overwhelming.  It was worth all the hard work though.

Well, it took quite a while to finish but I am happy with the end result. I would have taken more pictures along the way but, I just wanted to finish!  This painting has taken way more time than needed. I was just plain tuckered out to be honest. The detail involved was a bit overwhelming. It was worth all the hard work though.

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detail oval plate

detail tangerines

detail tangerines

detail red apple

detail red apple

In my studio: More progress, Autumn still life-30 x 36 inches

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Monday I painting off an on for 12 hrs and I am half way done.  I will be resting most of today and trying not to look at the painting.  I need fresh eyes and a relaxed body to continue.  My first task on Monday was to sort out the bouquet, which took some time.  Then I started on the vase.  Now it's time for the pattern.

Monday I painted off and on for 12 hrs and I am half way done. I will be resting most of today and trying not to look at the painting. I need fresh eyes and a relaxed body to continue. My first task on Monday was to sort out the bouquet, which took some time. Then I started on the vase. Now it’s time for the pattern.

I used a small brush and drew the pattern right into the we paint.

I used a small brush and drew the pattern right into the wet paint.

Vase detail

Vase detail

I then added the other colours to complete the vase.

I then added the other colours to complete the vase.

vase detail, colours

vase detail, colours

Now for the fabric.  Same approach as the vase, paint in the under layer then draw the pattern on top.

Now for the fabric. Same approach as the vase, paint in the under layer then draw the pattern on top.

The pattern is mapped out.

The pattern is mapped out.

I then add more colours to the pattern.  I think the cream in the pattern needs to stand out more so I will fix that later today.

I then add more colours to the pattern. I think the cream in the pattern needs to stand out more so I will fix that later today.

fabric deail

fabric detail

In my studio: Some progress

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This is the progress I've made so far.  Things are going well.

This is the progress I’ve made so far. Things are going well.

In my studio: large still life sketch, 30 x 36 inch cradled panel

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The sketch didn't take too long, about an hour.  I will block in the colour tomorrow.

The sketch didn’t take too long, about an hour. Time to get some sleep now, I have a big day ahead of me!

In my studio: Setting up for a large Autumn still life

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I am getting a late start on my Autumn themed still lifes, but it is my Favourite time of year so I will do as many as I can until I can't find anymore pumpkins, gourds or squash.   In the picture above you can see I am off to a good start with the composition and colour palette.

I am getting a late start on my Autumn themed still lifes, but it is my favourite time of year so I will do as many as I can until I can’t find anymore pumpkins, gourds or squash. In the picture above you can see I am off to a good start with the composition and colour palette.

I take careful consideration when creating my bouquet.I love how the colour of the eucalyptus leaves and the orange pop against the dark plum backdrop.

I take careful consideration when creating my bouquet.  I love how the colour of the eucalyptus leaves and the orange pop against the dark plum backdrop.

I think I have achieved some interesting shapes, texture and movement within the bouquet.  I love it!  I am very excited and can't wait to paint it!

The bouquet is a little wider than normal, this is because I will not be painting on a square board but a rectangle (trying something different).  I think I have achieved some interesting shapes, texture and movement within the bouquet. I love it! I am very excited and can’t wait to paint it!

Lilies with Tangerines, 16 x 16 inches

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Aqua, pink and orange...my colour palette.

Aqua, pink and orange…my colour palette.

Blocking in colour.

Blocking in colour.

Starting the lilies.  I begin with the greens.

Starting the lilies. I begin with the greens.

I added the white to the petals.  This way when I add the pink the colours won't mix too much.

I added the white to the petals. This way when I add the pink, the colours won’t mix too much.

lily detail

lily detail

Pink added

Pink added

darker pink and red added

darker pink and red added

finished lily detail

finished lily detail

Vase is done.

Vase is done.

With the basic foreground colour painted. it is ready for the pattern.

With the basic foreground colour painted, it is ready for the pattern.

Using a brush I added the pattern to the cloth.  Then I finished the tangerines.

Using a brush, I added the pattern to the cloth, then I finished the tangerines.

I feel that I have practised enough on the smaller paintings.  I plan to do a large Autumn still life next. I love the tangerines in this painting against the grey blue and aqua colours.  I am looking forward to the next painting session!

I feel that I have practised enough on the smaller paintings. I plan to do a large Autumn still life next.
I love the tangerines in this painting against the grey-blue and aqua colours. I am looking forward to the next painting session!

Anemone Bouquet with Figs, 16 x 16 inches

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I am still waiting for the rest of the lilies to open up, so I used a photo of a past still life set up as a reference.  Above is the painting in progress.

I am still waiting for the rest of the lilies to open up, so I used a photo of a past still life set up as a reference. I felt like painting something happy, since that was the mood I was in. Above is the painting in progress.

It was late when I finished so I had to take a pic while it was still on the easel.  Check my website a little later to see a better pic.

I took this pic while it was still on the easel. Check my website a little later to see a better pic.

fig detail

fig detail

flower detail

flower detail

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