I am back a year later! I will try my best to keep this blog alive this time...on my second post, I wanted to share some of my most recent still lifes (done within the past half year). This one is 16x12 inches, oil, done on board - I really enjoyed the slippery board support that I found. I painted from life which is common with what I do. I work with photos sometimes, but not when I paint still lifes. This colorful still-life was a more experimental piece done in my studio (my work used to be a little tighter and I am trying to loosen up - get out of my comfort zone). The white strip (broken by the leaves) on the left is the lit up wall, the rest is more or less in shadow (the floor in the studio...the studio space), but the flowers pop out with their beautiful colors, their shapes. The red thing in the middle is a bouquet wrapper.
Another still life I set up in my studio - this one is 4x2 feet. I wanted to try a more horizontal, landscape type of composition (I hope you understand). I also wanted it to be green like a landscape (not all landscapes are green, I know). I played around with texture and tried keeping a one colour type of atmosphere...painted in early daylight. I want my still lifes to have an organic feel, but I also want them to have a type of awkwardness - to have unreal qualities which are playful and a little surprising. I don't want my still lifes to read as surreal (as in Salvador Dali surreal).
I was thinking about the feeling of flowers as opposed to their formal qualities. Like smell...imagine: you walk on the street and out of nowhere there comes a smell and it is very familiar, but you can't remember exactly where you remember that smell from?! Then, when you try to remember (at least for me it's like that), there is a colour of some kind somewhere in the back of your mind. It's so unclear it's almost like noise (...familiar...to anybody?). Anyway, I painted these Daisies, from observation, on a board I gessoed with oil primer mixed with farina grain - it created nice little bumps, very unlike canvas. Was a nice experiment! :) And as you see, the composition is a little strange...size of still-life about 18x18"
Another still life I made...this one is 17x17" - I wanted to see how much white I could get away with...hehe...the wall is white, look at your wall, can you imagine a white painting? I always suffered working on paintings with many different shades of white, or very light/whitish/creamy colours together - very similar value/tone, but different colour...so I played around with texture, and introduced some orange. :P I also painted a little painting from the same still -life, with paint leftovers. The little one is 6x10" - I called this little mini tini thing "Little Sister".
This one is a detail of a still life I set up - that long green one with the cup?! Yes...I had some paint leftovers and an unsuccessful painting that I needed to cover up (don't wanna waste any supports), so I painted this in about 2 hours, on top of the "unsuccessful" painting. In two energetic, passionate, non-stop hours - I ended up in this! 16x20".