|Picture of my still-life setup|
For the still-life, I arranged Christmas lights around the box of ornaments to create this wonderful warm and cool glowing light.
To get a feel for the composition and color, I taped up a 8x11" sheet of canvas and painted these quick sketches. I did them quickly and experimented with color and paint application. The wording on the box required some trial and error to find a way to paint it so as to look flat, like printing on a box rather than hand painted lettering. I also realized that the reflections and multiple colors of light on the ball required careful study.
|10-30 minute color sketches|
|Simple underpainting with initial values laid in.|
In the three pics above you can see how I used white to bring out the highlighted areas then scrubbed in pure paint (without medium) for the lettering. Then I painted the cool blues and greens in the right side of the box and shadow from the ornament. Lastly, the warm yellow to orange tone was worked into the front of the box and painted around the lettering.
I'll keep painting and show my progress over the next couple of posts. Gee, I hope I don't mess up the painting...that would be embarrassing now that I posted the beginning. So, if there are no further posts that might indicate that I ran into a problem ;-)