You may remember an acrylic painting I did early this year of my book character Russ, who is wearing a bowler hat in his portrait. This character has become near and dear to my heart as I’ve written his story, and while browsing at a large antique gallery shortly after finishing Russ’ portrait, I found an antique bowler hat that looks so much like his hat that I could not leave it in the store. So I ended up buying it. It’s a beautiful old beater of a hat and has a lot of character.
Isn’t it charming?
For the classes I’ve been taking in oil painting, the next step was to set up our own still life with any items we wanted. As you can see by the dates of the previous class assignments, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to paint. Feeling somewhat out of my comfort zone, I went with a single item for the still life, and what better than my character-inspired bowler hat? After toying with different angles and backdrops and lighting, this is what I settled on.
And finally, here is the painting I did. It was difficult and I am not thrilled with it. The hat brim gave me a lot of trouble and is still not right. Oh well, that’s why it’s a practice piece. The colors were also a tricky thing, but all in all, it isn’t too far off of what this composition looked like in real life. This took about four hours.
-8×10 inches on stretched canvas
-Painted in Oils using only the following colors, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Indian Yellow and White. My teacher encourages us to stick with these colors to get a feel for how helpful some knowledge on color mixing can be. For this assignment, he did say we could add another color if we wanted to, though I didn’t feel ready for that. Yeah, I’m still a chicken when it comes to painting. 🙂
Thank you for looking.