Thursday, February 12, 2009

Still Life with White

12" x 16"
oil on canvas

I painted this still life last summer. I read Susan Sarback's book Capturing Radiant Colors in Oil, and did many of the color studies, even painting blocks to match those in the book to really see where she was coming from with her colors. She has a lot of knowledge and great thoughts. My block studies looked good. But, I found that sometimes my paintings looked muddy when layering. Must be my brush technique. In this still life, I got all the colors of the major masses blocked in, and then got side tracked by life, ie: I didn't get any further than the block-in layer. The objects sat in the studio, and several weeks later, when I got back to this setup, of course the block ins were dry. There was no muddy affect when I painted the next layer. I like the scumbling; it was really easy to allow the first layer of paint to show through. But, we don't always have that kind of time to let something sit.

1 comment:

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Sarback was a student of Henry Hensche, who founded the Cape Cod School of Art. So was Camille Przwodek, who gives workshops, and so was Lois Griffel, who gives workshops all over the place, and, here in my own backyard, Margaret McWethy. I took a workshop with Camille, and how we dealt with the 'layering' was to use a palette knife. No choice, we all had to. It does let you put down a light layer over a wet layer of paint.
I did find the lessons helpful, too.