Hope you are all well. I have been well out of my comfort zone this week with week 4 of Wanderlust and no you have not missed week 3, its just that I have got a little bit out of sequence with the order I have been creating so my new journal page for this will follow soon. So, what has got me twichy this week I here you ask?? - Still life painting that's what. This weeks class was given by Teresa McFayden and she made it look so easy. Here is my first ever attempt at something like this so don't laugh too loud ...
It was painted from the photograph I took below, and as it was being painted most of the time all you could see on the Canvas were large blobs of colour. I was constantly asking my nearest and dearest "Can you tell what it is yet?" and the answer right up until I was adding all the final detail was er! mmm! .... well No!
I have to admit that I am not sure where the colours came from apart from it all started off as a bright yellow background and then I decided that the book was going to be red the lantern grey and everything else just sort of got mixed up, toned down and shaded around them.
It was also my first time using a gloss medium to mix my acrylic paints and I love the way it gives a translucent look to the colour so you can still see what is going on underneath.
There is a rather thick coat of Gesso under there too which is what is giving the picture its texture.
For you Scots out there who are looking at my original photo thinking that wee dram looks a bit dark (It was actually coke!) I have tried to rectify that in the painting, although the glass does look a little bit 2 dimensional.
I have got to say it was one of the hardest thing I have ever had a try at because trying to get the dimensions right was really tricky, yes the lantern is wonky, and the book is a bit big but I am pleased I had a go. I don't think I am on track to be the next Turner or Lowry :) but it just shows what you can do with a little time and using only 3 primary colours plus black and white paint.
Thank you for taking the time to drop by.