Tonight’s Painting


Being a professional artist can kill the enjoyment of doing art. It seems like with deadlines for art shows, commissions and teaching classes makes it work, not pleasure.

Tonight, though, I decided it was time for just me. I grabbed a fresh canvas, set up a quick still life and lit it with a lamp, then relaxed for an hour. I just wanted to enjoy myself.

This is what I came up with. My technique is to separate everything by shapes and values first, painting them separately. It’s like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. In this painting you’ll also see reflections of the apples in the pot, as well as highlights. The pot looks metal, but when I was painting it you would have thought I was just painting stripes. See, it works! And I even had fun!

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December 17, 2008

Margaret @ 9:56 pm #

What a great painting! I’d love to have it in my house – it’s really neat. And I’m so glad you were able to relax and just have fun.

Sarah @ 10:01 pm #

You are AMAZING!

December 18, 2008

Christine @ 12:39 am #

Good for you for painting something just for the fun of it. I can’t believe you did that in an hour!

Jennifer @ 7:18 am #

I love the teapot, especially, but the apples are awesome as well.

Angie @ 9:59 am #

Mmmmm…. I think I want to go eat an ampple now.

Nicole @ 3:34 pm #

That is awesome. I love the reflections in the teapot and the light on all of the items in your still life. Marvelous!

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