Thursday, January 1, 2015

Oranges Brass Bowl and Wine Bottles - Still Life

 I'm very pleased with the subtle values in this still life.  I had painted it about a month ago, and while I liked the darker values, it always seemed dull to me.  I couldn't quite put my finger on the problem.  I didn't want to brighten the entire painting, even if I could figure out how to do that.  Yesterday, I added just a bit more color and modeling to the oranges and I repainted the placemat, making it lighter.  Both changes introduced a bit more light into the composition, but didn't completely change the subdued feeling, which I liked.

Also, this painting was photographed with my new Nikon DSLR and the image is straight from the camera via photoshop Elements.  Other than cropping, the image is exactly what I was able to capture with the camera....and it is a very accurate representation of the painting.   I'm beginning to get a handle on using the camera...a Nikon D5300.  It's an entry level DSLR, but loaded with features and manual settings that permit me to get this kind of shot.  I'm thrilled with it so far. 

Oranges and Brass Bowl with Wine Bottles   12 x 16 oil on panel 
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  1. This is a lovely painting. Each element is painted with a flourish of color and light. Very nice.

  2. Thank you Ruth. It took a couple of tries to get some light and color in there, but finally!

  3. Lovely painting, Bruce, just lovely. Your work just keeps getting deeper, colorful, and interesting. You can certainly see the study you've put into your work. And you keep ranging out to new subject matter and techniques. You've really moved from very good painting to stunning. Excellent work - keep it up, brother!

  4. Hi Kansas! Thanks for the very generous comments! If there is improvement in my work I think is it due in large part to the fact that I have been able to spend more time painting. There's just no replacement for "brush mileage" as my friend and teacher Howard Rees always says. And at the risk of turning this into an Academy Award acceptance speech, two instructors - Qiang Huang (Chong Wong) and Dan Edmondson - really opened my eyes to the possibilities.
    Thanks again....and keep at your own painting!