Jar, Brushes and Paint Tubes


I remember when I’d had a particularly stressful day. When I got home I was really upset. I just couldn’t get over it. My wife suggested I get my oil paints out and paint something. I told her I didn’t know what to paint. She grabbed one of her mason jars, put my brushes in it, set some of my paint tubes next to it and said, “Okay, there you go.” At first I thought it was kind of stupid, but once I got started, I was having fun. I finished it in a half hour. I felt really happy.

The first thing I did was draw a quick outline of the objects. Then I looked for shapes and values and painted them in, one by one. Instead of being intimidated by the glass, I stared at it and saw shapes of color showing through from the wall behind it and from the table below it. Next I found the highlights and put them in. There were reflections of the light blue venitian blinds, so I  determined the shapes, mixed the color and painted them in. The brushes had a shadow on their left sides. I did a quick dark line for each of them, then on the right side I painted a single color on each to represent the non-shadow parts. I didn’t get detailed. You will see I did the same thing with the paint tubes – there are different shapes of white – some with a blue tint, others kind of yellow, etc. The diagonal is the edge of the table. I just painted it brown, like the color of the wood, then I did a quick representation of the wall in the background.

Artists often try too hard when doing a still life. If they simplify, they’ll have much better results.

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November 7, 2011

Angie @ 9:31 pm #

Neato. I love the reflections on the glass jar.

November 8, 2011

Jared @ 6:34 am #

This is such a fun still life, and brings back great memories.

Margaret @ 11:12 am #

You do such a great job with your still lifes – I am so pleased with your ability to paint clear glass! That’s a real talent.

Sharon @ 11:48 am #

I love that I can always “feel” your paintings. I can get a good sense of what the room feels like.

November 9, 2011

Susie @ 9:49 am #

You are a master at creating beautiful art out of simple objects! I love this!

November 29, 2011

Angie @ 11:25 pm #

Neato. I think you do a marvelous job at painting reflections.

Angie @ 11:30 pm #

Oh my goodness. I just realized that I commented twice on this picture, weeks apart, and I used the same introductory word “neato.” That is embarrassing. That word usually isn’t in my vocab. I guess that is proof that I think this picture is neat.

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