Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Lesson Number 8, Edmondson Course (Updated)

Update 9/8/12):  As always I sent Dan the picture below for a critique.  That's a regular part of Dan's course offerings.  Dan replied with some nice words as well as the observation that my 'grapes' on the right side of the painting looked more like cherries, which they DO!  It's funny, but I knew that, intended to fix it, but just plain forgot.  Anyway, Dan then asked if he could use my painting in one of his "tips of the week" features, which he sends out to students and uses in marketing his course.  In this tip he discusses how the eye can be lead into a painting, using mine to demonstrate the two techniques that could have been used in this particular setup.  During his tip of the week video he made several nice comments again about my painting.  As I mentioned before, when I finally finish the Still Life Course, I plan to do an extensive review of the Dan Edmondson DVD course.  For now, I'll just say Thanks Dan!

As I near the end of the Daniel Edmondson Still Life painting course, I realize how much I've learned and how valuable the information Dan has shared has been.  I've already done the final lesson #10, but I'm holding it back until I complete Lesson #9.  At that point, I'll be done.  I'll be sorry to see it end.

I originally painted Lesson #8 in a smaller format (9 x 12) but I felt that it would be more effective if it was larger.  Dan also recommended a larger size when he ran into a bit of trouble in his 8 x 10.  There's a lot going on in this painting that is difficult to capture well in a smaller format...at least for me, and apparently for Dan as well.  This weekend I tackled a 12 x 16 version and this is the result.

Asian Vase with Oranges and Berries   12" x 16" Oil on canvas panel.
As I did this painting, I was using Dan's photo reference of course, and I had his DVD playing on my computer as I painted.  However, I found myself beginning to do things my own way.  I think that's a sign that the processes that Dan uses are becoming familiar to me, allowing me to interpret and modify them as it suits me.  I also used flat synthetic brushes for most of this painting except for the block in of the vase and the foreground cloth.  From that point, I remembered Fongwei's almost exclusive use of flats and I dug out some synthetics I had...and a couple that I had purchased at Utrecht following the Fongwei workshop.  I loved them and virtually everything in this painting was done entirely or completed with one of three flat brush sizes.  I can say for sure I'll be using them a LOT more.  Thanks to Dan and to Fongwei for this painting adventure.  


  1. Bruce! Great painting. It really is one of your best.

  2. Beautiful work. Grapes, orangers, berries, greys - stunning colors.

  3. I'll be starting this painting soon and am a bit intimidated by the pattern on the vase. You did an incredible job and your color is vibrant! Love the way the cloth disappears over the edge of the table!

  4. Hi Lori,
    You know, I struggled with the pattern on the vase...and so did Dan! So welcome to the club! Honestly, I think what you see is the third attempt. My guess is that it really isn't that critical...and maybe the only mistake one could truly make would be to allow it to become too strong and too "important".
    I just love the way Dan paints these oranges...such bold colors! I would never use straight cad red lt. on an orange for heaven's sake, but wow does it work or what? Who woulda thunk it?
    Have fun, and, as Dan's says, Love the Paint!

  5. I would love to buy the still life course second hand. Can't afford it new. Jsueellington@gmail.com