Monday, May 4, 2009

"Cast and Peppers" Painting Start

This painting represents about three hours' worth of work spread over two painting sessions. The first session was last Tuesday after my still life class, and today's work was done after I set it back up in preparation for tomorrow's class. One of my students prefers painting people over fruits and vegetables ... so a cast seemed like the best bet for one of the still life setups. It's great because it focuses each artist on seeing a clearly defined dark/light pattern.

The cast and background are basically painted as a grisaille, with different combinations of three colors: burnt sienna, French ultramarine blue and titanium white. The darks are laid in first (burnt sienna and a little French ultramarine blue). I use about the same tone for all the darks, at the beginning. Then I move onto the lights.

The peppers were thrown in for good measure. Those required pulling out a few more tubes of paint.

The cast is on loan from fellow artist and Atelier member, Judith St. Ledger-Roty. Thanks, Judith! He's a wild looking fellow.

"Cast and Peppers" work in progress, oil on Senso linen, 20"h x 16"w, copyright Jill Banks 2009.

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