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
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