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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Still Life 9-12

And the still life still lives...
#9 was another boring way to paint the same. I was learning to paint large washes and playing with the colors and paints. I usually paint on 9x12 papers or smaller, so this is all new to me.
#10 I broke free again. The bottle and vases are still there. Can you see them? This one was really fun.
#11 I was really trying to make the still life more interesting but did not execute this as well as I had hoped to.
#12 I couldn't change the still life, so I added water life to it here. This one was great fun as I could picture it in my head before I started. I tried to take all my lessons in light, shadow, shape, etc into account here and actually plan my picture. I did not do value sketches by hand, but I did create a little picture in photoshop with the paintbrush to model this ahead of time. I think that is a little unconventional but I prefer doing the early planning with a digital sketch instead of the paper one.

Still Life 5-8

Still Life #5 was my attempt at simplifying the subject and looking at the light, shapes, and shadows.
#6 was when I got bored again and started seeing figures in the shapes of the items.
This photo does not do it justice. The colors are actually better in person.
#7 was my attempt at an abstraction of the still life.
#8 was a fun idea that was not executed well. I envisioned the whole mummy thing.
I will probably redo both 7 and 8 later. I think both have potential.

Still Life 1-4

I signed up for Mike Bailey's workshop "Watercolor Beyond the Obvious". We get a lecture type class on design and then painting critiques and then we go home and paint. He asked us to go home and set up a still life with 3-5 objects and paint it. Little did I know that I had to paint 2-3 20x30 inch posters of this same still life each week for 10 weeks! How many different ways can you paint the same still life without moving it or changing your vantage point?
Here are my first four versions.
-The first one was just what I saw.
-The second was a version with brighter colors.
-The third was my interpretation of my still life as stained glass.
-The fourth was when I got bored with my subject and decided to make it fun.