Ah, this was another fun one. I was cleaning something or other and found some sunglasses. It occurred to me that they might go well in a still life; in fact, they might be funny in an otherwise traditional-looking composition. So I took my Korean celadon vase and a flower and some branches, and coyly hid the sunglasses behind them.
I decided that I'd try this composition on a black background. This is how Karin Jurick paints, and she's way good. Check out her painting video (and she uses one brush!). Also, I wanted to continue with the smaller draft image first. I decided to start with a 4x5" canvas board. Here's how it came out:
Not bad! Now, my last post was about how hard it is to paint roses. This one took some attention but was much better! And, as with my garlic and fork a few days ago, the smallest draft stayed kind of painterly.
Next I set up an 8x10" gallery-wrapped canvas. I moved the vase to the left just a bit, since in the smaller piece I thought it was too close to the middle. Painting this one was harder and less painterly. (Sheesh, maybe I should just stick with the beensy paintings!) But I'm pretty happy with it. This time I added rose reflections to the sunglasses. Here's how this one came out:
I feel like I put down the paint with more assurance, and that the sense of confidence is visible in the painting. (Hmm. When buy artwork, do we buy a sense of mastery?) So I'm thinking my next one could be Still Life with Rubber Ducky. (And if you've read this far, I have a cute trick for you: Roll your cursor over the images and see what text you see.)
Speaking of rubber ducky, I meant the sunglasses to be a subtle joke. I mean, hey, the Dutch still life painters didn't own any. So, what do you think? Is it funny to you?