Saturday, April 30, 2011

"Vase & Peppers"

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"Vase & Peppers"
6 x 6 in
Oil on Canvas Panel
This painting is another version of the first peppers & vase, I wanted to have more of a whimsical feel to the painting.  The composition definitely gives it that with the traditional triangle approach, having a good flow between the objects through composition can strengthen a painting.  I also liked playing with the colors and their subtle values.
I started with the usual dry brush approach using no mediums and just a bit of raw umber on the brush.  After the drawing is complete I stated the background first to get more of the overall value feel for the painting.  
After the background is complete I stated the vase first concentrating on big form modeling, this stage is the most important for me.  Its crucial to get this stage right in order for the rest of the form to work, making the light wrap around the form and believable is important to state first.  I spend the most time at this stage getting it right and turning the form, I keep the paints fairly thin, I can build up on it once I get more of the smaller forms stated.  After the big form modeling is complete I start on the darker values and stating their specific forms.  
I do the same with the lighter forms and take them to a finish.  As you can see stating the smaller forms in the darker and lighter values goes much quicker once the big form modeling is working correctly.  I also start to state the top cover of the vase and working on its big form modeling stage, once thats complete I state the darker values and its specific forms.
Then I state the lighter values and its specific forms.  Once the top is taken to a finish I then start on the wooden base and state its local colors, just stating the basic colors and how light affects it.  I'm not worried about details at this stage just wanna get a general statement of how the light is going across the form.  Then I state the lighter values and its specific forms.
Once the wooden base is completed I start on the first habanero pepper, again stating big form modeling first.  Stating the local colors and making the form turn, not worried about details at this stage just a general statement.  Then I add the darker values and its specific forms.
I do the same with the lighter values and take the first pepper to a finish.  I repeat the same process with the second habanero pepper.
The first pic shows after big form modeling stage I started to state the darker values and its specific forms.  Then I state the lighter values and its specific forms, after doing this the painting is complete.  I hope you enjoyed this one as much as I did, if you guys have any questions just email me or leave a comment.  Thanks for stopping by and viewing!







3 comments:

cristinaf said...

Hi! This a wonderful demo, I'm so glad that you post it! I will try to follow your advices and steps.
Thank you!

SUSAN RODEN said...

Really getting into the juggling act Jonathan - nice!

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Beautiful!