Today I decided to share something a little different. I do quite a lot of sketches and studies during the course of any given week, some related to whatever my current project is, some to learn something new or work out a technical issue, and some just for my own fun and satisfaction. These are usually limited to about an hour, and often I'll use an actual timer; when it goes off, the painting is finished. Here are five recent sketches, all done with oil on linen, and the dimensions are roughly 7x5 inches.
Each of these vessels - a stoneware bowl, an Imari jar, an antique wine jar, a crystal goblet, and a ginger jar wrapped in wicker - receives the light in a different way, and reflects it back to the world according to it's individual nature. The chipped and weathered slabs of marble they rest on seem to emerge out of nowhere, and float on nothingness; a metaphor for our lives.
All three of the commissioned shell paintings are now by and large done. A few minor adjustments are needed here and there - strengthening colors and refining details, but that should be no more than a few hours' work, and then it will be on to new projects. Here is a video of the third painting, from start to finish:
An antique porcelain creamer with gold trim, arranged with cherries on a stone shelf and viewed from an angle, all with the deep sky as the backdrop.
The first of the three commissioned shell paintings is now basically complete. I may touch up a few details and adjust a few colors here and there, but the bulk and majority of the work is done and I'm proceeding to the remaining two pieces; hopefully finishing them up this week.
The design of the arch framing this whimsical scene comes from an actual doorway that I sketched during a visit to the city of Jodhpur in Northern India.
More traveling, and more company this week, but work on the commissioned shell paintings continued nonetheless. The underpaintings for all three are now complete. After a few more days of drying, they should be ready for the final push next week. Please click below to see a video of the work in progress:
Painted from imagination, and about the size of a large U.S. postage stamp.
It's vacation time; I've been in Michigan for a family visit, and have more company coming this week. Nevertheless, I have been able to carve out studio time, and have made some headway with the commissioned shell paintings. The underpaintings for two of them are now complete. The goal for this part of the process is not to produce finished-looking work. Instead, I'm blocking in the basic forms, and approximating some of the colors. It always looks rough, but it's very functional. Please click below to see a video of the work in progress: