Saturday, November 30, 2019
"Jam Jar" oil 8 x 8
The Girls Just Wanna Paint theme for this month was vintage. Our vintage home is filled with vintage pieces... art, dishes, books, furnishings, etc. Interestingly, I had a very hard time figuring out where to direct my vintage attentions. I have always loved faceted silver, and chose this silver pitcher with beaded rim and the crystal jam jar with faceted silver top and spoon. I picked up some non-vintage raspberry jam as a good complement to the cool silver hues. The aqua cloth is a remnant from the home where I grew up. My mother had her mother's loveseat recovered in this beautifully textured fabric. Mom had the piece in her studio and used it as a backdrop for her own still life setups. When I hold it, I feel the generations. It was the right choice for a vintage-themed painting.
Here are some process photos. I tinted the canvas with a cad red light/cad orange mix, knowing that most of the still life was cool, leaving the opportunity for some warm to peek through. I then began with the large shapes, adding the highlight early on, knowing I would need to back all other values down at least a half value to let the highlight glow. I warmed the jam under the light, and cooled it in shadow. Then, made a late pass, remembering that the glass needs to show what is in it, on it, and through it.
As always, thank you for looking, and you know I love your comments.
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