Monday, January 26, 2015

Silverware Study

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This is a little study of the knife and fork I ultimately placed in the painting, 'Pottery and Silver' posted last week. I don't paint silverware very often and find it a bit daunting. Figuring a little practice might help, I put the bigger painting, 'Pottery and Silver,' on "hold" while I made this little study. It holds true again, "practice makes perfect" - or at least less imperfect!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pottery and Silver

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This was painted with north light coming from directly above the still life arrangement and day light coming straight at it. These dual light sources combined with the surfaces of pottery, glass and silver made for a feast of reflections, transparencies and highlights - challenging and fun.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cyclamen and Books

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House plants and some good books are staples for surviving the long dark days of winter. I love this little plant that turns up in florists and grocery stores in December. I figured I had better paint it if I wanted to keep it around because for whatever reason, any cyclamen I own doesn't make it to spring.