Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Still Life Painting

Still mucking around with materials--trying different paints, mixing mediums and canvases.

This study was painted on a canvas sample I received from my mentor. It is Claessens brand and has a nice, smooth surface. The paint is Gamblin oil, very limited palette of about six colors and the medium I used was Galkyd mixed with a little linseed oil. The still life is much tighter than I normally like to paint due, I think, to my inexperience with the materials. My next painting will be a portrait using the same materials but, hopefully, with a looser brushstroke.

I'm also working on how to set up a simple indoor photography shoot for an upcoming portrait commission. I usually work outdoors when possible or resort to using available window light. But I find that to be very limiting, especially in the winter. I will post a few photos of the setup once I figure it all out.

Above, "Garlic and Olive Oil", 14 x 11, oil


Anonymous said...

beautiful study, though it stands in its own right. looking forward to seeing the photoshoot pictures. r.

Manon Doyle said...

Peggi.... wow! This looks so incredibly real to me!! What a gorgeous piece.
I can't wait for your post on shooting artwork! It's been my biggest problem. Today, I'm going out to buy a new camera. Not sure if I'm going to buy a Canon or a Nikon.... still up in the air!

Peggi Habets said...

Thanks so much, Rahina.

And thanks, Manon. I don't know if it helps, but I have a Canon Rebel and I've been thrilled with it. I'm a little biased b/c I've always had Canons though. You probably can't go wrong with either.

Annie-Maree said...

This is a gorgeous study Peggi, I love the light and dark effects . I have heard that Gamblin oil is a lovely paint to use. I have never tried it nor seen it yet in Australia.
I will be interested to see your portrait, your work is beautiful!


Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Thanks for sharing the materials you are using of late... and the results speak for themselves. Great tonal and tactile feel to the work.

angy said...

This painting is gorgeous, how did you do the olive oil? because it's realistic! bye!