Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Then I oil in the darks in the woven basket and inside the basket and also
touch up the background and make the tones relate more to each other.  
I am pleased with the result and the time it took me, this is the end of day 5.

I then oil in the background and see how my darks really look against the
lights.  I also got the frame and put the painting in the frame, so I can see
the end result.  This marks the end of day 4.

Then I started painting the apple and the apple peeler.  I start seeing the
painting come together.  Its a good idea to section off the painting in 
different areas to a finish, thats how Anthony Van Dyke painted.  Once you are 
done you move on to the next and take it to a finish.  When its done as a whole 
you can judge what needs improvement, its more of an efficient way to get a 
painting done, rather than just painting all over the place and not having a 
plan of execution.
I then took a break and painted the apples and lemon.  My darks were already
starting to sink in, but I will oil them in later.  Its a good idea to oil in your darks
though before you paint around them, it makes you see the darks better and you
can judge how high or low in chroma you wanna go.  When I am done painting this area I
am done with day 3.

Then I started painting the woven basket.  Getting those intricate areas was not
as difficult as I thought it would.  It was more generalizing the shapes.  At times
details are not so important.

I then started blocking in the wood area and started giving the background some
lighter tones.  I do this because when I start painting the apples in the middle 
ground the background and wood would be dry by then and I can alter any area
I want without worrying about the paint not being dry.  When I covered these areas 
it was the end of day 2.

This painting was done very quick, I had about five days to paint it... so I started
with the background which was the most broad area, I usually leave the background
till later (Which is not right) but I guess everyone has their own way of painting.  This
is the end of day 1.


Barry O'Donoghue said...

beautiful painting Jonathan! I love the subtle lighting and the detail of the basket and wooden base- great work

Gregory Becker said...

Can I ask what you mean by oiling in?
Beautiful work btw.
Is that just straight black?

Jonathan Aller said...

Thank you Barry and Gregory for the nice comments!
Gregory when I say oiling in, is when your darks, in this case my darks are all blacks so they have gotten lighter when they dried so you apply linseed oil or walnut oil or stand oil, which ever pleases you. So you apply the oils in thin amounts over your darks and that will make your darks darker in their original form. You wanna do that when your painting against the darks. Hope that helps!

Nico Di Mattia said...

Wow!! So cool Jonathan!!!!! Love it!

Dominic Philibert said...

Very nice painting!
You got something there!!!!!!!

Jonathan Aller said...

Nico: Thanks man I really appreciate it especially from a talent as yourself!

Dominic: Thank you for those kind words, I really appreciate it, again like I said from an artist as yourself means a lot! I really appreciate it!

Marco Bucci said...

excellent paintings on here! So interesting to see this process as well.

Pavel Jakubec said...

Very nice !!!

Orlando Sanchez said...

Wow is my reaction. The lighting that you did on the painting is for a lack of better words magical looking. It has atmosphere in the piece which makes it look amazing, and your painting is much more alive the still life its self how is that?
This is a great painting.

Jason Seiler said...

Wow, this is delish! Really, really nice . . . I've got to take another look!

Nelson Santos said...

Awsome blog Jonathan,very inspiring stuff. Keep it up.