This Week’s Roundup: Lightbulbs, Daylilies, and Trompe l’oeil
Hi there – I hope your weekend is off to a great start!
This week I share with you my current work in progress, an upcoming commissioned piece, and a matched set of paintings from a few years ago.
Here are the highlights for the week:
I began the week with a video about the unusual centerpiece of my newest painting in progress. I also talked about the lights I use in my shadowbox.
Tuesday was a holiday, so I took most of it off, but I did spend time on a new social media project. This will be a great way for me to share my passion for still life painting by showcasing the works of other artists I admire. I’m really excited about this, and will be ready to point you to it next week.
On Wednesday, I shared an older miniature painting, as well as a video showing more of the composition and the drawing for my current painting. Inspiration struck while I was preparing that video, so there’s a neat surprise at the end.
That day I also took a trip to visit some of my collectors. They’re commissioning a new piece for their dining room which will consist entirely of items that are meaningful to them; sculptures and pottery their children made, family silver, some very cool Thai silk and bronze from old travels, and daylilies from their beautiful garden. It sounds like a lot, but it will actually make a harmonious composition.
We’ve been discussing this painting for months, but it had to wait until the flowers were in bloom. They won’t last long enough to work from them directly as I paint, but I did bring some back to my studio – including the one above – so I could make detailed sketches in pencil and watercolor.
I rounded off the week by sharing the only two trompe l’oeil (deceive the eye) paintings I’ve done – and they’re a matched set. For the first one I talked a little about why I don’t do more of this type of painting despite loving the genre, and for the second I discussed the challenges of making matched sets of paintings.
Thanks for checking these out – I truly appreciate your time. And with that, I want to wish you a great week ahead!