On the spur of the moment, I decided to set up this still life. I had no fruit or flowers, but decided to get going anyway (big mistake). I actually worked on it like this for a few sessions, but as I kept going, I just knew it was not going to work out.
My original plan was to put fruit in the bowl and a flower or stem in the bud vase, but I just wasn't feeling it. I finally stuck a faux flower in the vase and decided to forget this plan and move on to something else.
I went looking in my stash of props and decided to replace the bud vase with a candy dish. I have a few vintage candy dishes and have been using them a lot lately.
This is the revamped set up. Much better, right? As soon as I set this up, I knew it would work.
As you can see, I just replaced the bud vase with the candy dish and then blocked in the fruit shapes.
At this point it was really just a matter of layering on paint until everything began to look like I wanted it to. And it's always a happy day when your white objects actually begin to resemble porcelain :)
As I was nearing the end, I thought all I had to do was put in the blue and white pattern and I would be done. However, after I did that, I realized things were still not quite right. After some time just sitting and looking at the painting, I realized that it needed a little boost, so I darkened up the darks and lightened up the lights. That helped give the painting a needed dose of drama and while doing that I realized a mistake with the grapes. It is a little hard to tell, but the grapes coming out of the candy dish are more forward than the grapes in the bowl. I had to lighten the grapes in the candy dish so that the viewer could easily see that they were closer.
|Spode Bowl With Fruit, 12x9, oil|
And here is the finished painting. I spent a long time yesterday fussing with little details that no one looking at the painting will ever know about, but I think that is what makes a good painting; attention to detail that is not obvious to the viewer. I felt like this painting took forever, but it was really only one week of work. I'm already on to a new one, but I'm very happy with how this painting turned out.
Btw, I got the Spode bowl on Amazon for $21.00. Not an affiliate link, just sharing a good deal!