My friends, today marks the one-year anniversary of this blog. The time has flown! I deeply appreciate everyone who follows, comments, and checks in on my blog. Thank you very much, everyone! Take a bow. 😀
I had in mind to do something unique for the one-year mark, but couldn’t think of anything. I guess I should have given it more thought. Anyway, I have been oil painting again, so here is a post about that.
This is the next step in the class I’ve been taking. This time, the assignment was to set up our own still life as close to our teacher’s as we could and paint from life. It was a lot of fun, but was it ever hard! The colors of these things in real life were more defined, not to mention more complex, than in a photo. It was really a learning process, and it was fun to boot.
First, I’ll show a photo of my still life setup. We were to use a single light source, and also something to reflect the light and color onto the other side of the composition (that purple thing). I used a fake apple and a fake pear. This way, I don’t have to worry about them getting old and rotten in my studio. I also don’t have to worry about those pesky gnats this way! 🙂
Here is the basic composition I used for my painting…
And finally, the painting itself. It seems I have over-emphasized the highlights on the apple. In real life, the apple is very shiny and really reflects the paper towel. The highlights don’t show as much in the photos above. The trickiest part of this painting was that pale violet highlight on the right side of the apple. I really struggled with that and am still giving it an ugly look as I’m not sure how to make it look right.
All in all, though, it was a lot of fun! Thanks for looking, and thank you for the support, likes, and comments! 🙂