A couple of still I started, then abandoned. The top one because it lacks interest; the bottom one because I didn't like how the cactus was coming out ... too messy. But this setup is not so bad so I may give it another go.
I love still life but am constantly frustrated by my inability to set up a "good" one! If I go for simple, it's too simple; busy too busy ...
If anyone has any tips/tricks/advice on setting up still lifes, I'd love to hear them!
This was a good exercise for me: I usually paint something, am happy with it or not, and move on.
This week I had a problem to solve and it led me to evaluate and rethink what I was doing. Which, in this case anyway, led to a kind of distillation ... and I think I may even have approached the painting of this one a little more confidently.
For this week's assignment I'm going to try a still life, and I'm hoping to go through several iterations ...
I started a new Zoom class this week. It's a little unusual: the first half is an art history lesson. In the second half we critique the paintings we did based on the previous week's lesson.
This week the lesson was on beds in art.
I went through three ideas, below, before settling on the one above: in which my cat Arya plays the part of an odalisque.
Just always wanted to paint this: white cats on a white bed.
This was was inspired by Van Gogh's Bedroom. at Arles, but very soon began to look like a dud: I didn't divide the space or add enough things to to make it interesting. Also couldn't figure out how to add dark values.
This one was inspired by a watercolor sketch by Edward Hopper; in his sketch, his naked wife, Jo, with her back to us, hugs a bunch of pillows. I have no model, so it's pillows only.
A friend of mine says he can tell when I start to get a little tired of a subject. I kinda felt on this one a little lack of commitment ...
I had trouble "finding" enough planes to create interest, which just means the lighting wasn't dramatic enough for me. But also the very thing that attracted me to this face--its smoothness and openness--made it not a great subject, for me, anyway.
At least they should be somewhat harmonious as I used a pretty limited (for me) palette--raw sienna, carmine, cobalt, ultramarine ... and some green in the evergreeens, which I'm now regretting as it stands out too much. I may go back and gray some of it down ... or not; I'm not a great one for going back!