Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy New Year And A New Still Life

Happy New Year everybody!  I hope 2014 is off to a good start for you.  We are in a deep freeze here in New York and the weather has been nasty in general, so I have not spent as much time in my studio as I normally do, but I did finish up a new still life yesterday.

This was the original set up.  As you can see from the plum, I started this quite a while ago (in October I think).  I worked on it for two painting sessions, then went to Mexico.  On my return from San Miguel de Allende, I started work on my lovely model, Jamila.  It is just recently that I have returned to this painting to finish it up.

This was the original block in and the second day work.

Fast forward to picking up the painting again.  There was not a plum to be had in New York City so the plum became an orange.  I also changed the cloth on the shelf.  I'm happy things turned out this way as I like this set up much better than the first.

I also decided to redo the vase.  The shadow on the left hand side was not strong enough and that was making the vase look flat.

Building up the shadows and colors.

Started adding the pattern on the cloth after finishing everything else

Vase With Oranges And Grapes, 12x16, oil

Here is the finished painting.  This was a fun still life to paint and a good reminder that it is okay to change things as you go along.  I'm glad to have this painting done as I'm starting a new portrait soon.
As soon as we have a sunny day and my windows are not covered with ice I will take the "official" photograph of this painting.

Stay warm everybody!