In Progress: Still Life with Japanese Vase and Feather
Beginning a New Painting
This week I’m beginning a new painting featuring a Japanese vase and a Bluejay feather, among other objects. It will be 9×12 inches, and done with oil on linen; the linen is mounted on hardboard.
This video features a walk-through of the composition for this painting. The objects have been arranged in the shadow box next to my easel. I placed three objects with interesting textures but low color (the teacup, the vase, and the silver creamer) around 2 objects with very high and saturated color – the lemon and the feather.
This video shows the completed drawing stage. A faint red grid keeps lines straight, edges matching, and is extremely useful for drawing pairs of curves – for instance the 2 different sides of the teacup. That’s quite difficult to do properly freehand, but becomes easier with the grid.
Tomorrow I’ll have some paint to show you.
I hope you enjoy it!