90 From Life: Day 14 – Crush It!
This is day 14 of my 90 day challenge to make one new painting from life each day.
The subject for today’s painting is a crushed beer can. This turned out to be an interesting surface, since the creases and folds it made are very similar to those made by drapery. For instance if you were to let a pillowcase fall on the floor, the folds in the fabric would actually be just like the folds in the metal.
A beer can in its original state is just a simple cylinder, which is simple to paint. When crushed even a little, though, the surface deforms into an endless number of small planes and shapes.
This looked intimidating at first. But, by premixing the three shades of red I saw in the can, I was able to work through it pretty quickly. These also formed the basis of “strings” – by adding small amounts of white, I was able to create tiny variations in the value within each major value group.
…and the title is totally a nod to Gary Vaynerchuck.
Here’s a video where I show the model I worked from, and discuss the outcome of the painting: