Apple Vase with Fringe 1/14/14 Still Life Painting


‘Apple Vase with Fringe’

My latest still life painting is a different approach to the same subject I painted earlier this month. In this one I wanted to focus more on the texture and lighting of the scarf’s fringe — and capture the apple, translucent glass vase and dessert dish in lower light levels.

This is a test! How are you all doing on your New Year’s resolutions?  Me neither 🙁   Maybe I just need to ease into it!

Still Life Painting: Current/Previous

These apple/vase still life paintings are a good reminder about those goals — one of which was to paint more! I really liked the fringe on the first painting of this subject. So for the second one, I decided to make the fringe more prominent and also show off the fabulous tiger stripe oak pattern on my grandmothers player piano. (BTW grandmother’s player piano is having a problem finding a good location in the ‘new’ house we’re remodeling. It’s in my home art studio now; but the narrow bi-level studio space in the new house isn’t very piano-friendly. But more about that later.)

Anyway, for this still life painting I tried a different colored scarf from my collection of Italy scarves. Those of you who have traveled with Kyra probably have an equal number of these lovelies. I used some glazes (highly thinned down paint) to tone down the colors. Previously I had painted them so brightly they detracted from the apple and glass reflections. [Using glazes in oil paintings is an old masters technique. They say the ephemeral quality of Mona Lisa’s smile is due to the layers of glazes, and that each emphasizes a slightly different mouth configuration! It’s fun to imagine how Leonardo da Vinci was thinking about these oil glazes and layering when he painted La Gioconda.]

Future Still Life Paintings

I only tried a couple of layers of glaze in painting this still life. The big problem for me is that you have to wait a day between layers to allow for drying. I was a bit too impatient to drag out the process over several days. But maybe I’ll give it another try in a future still life painting. Meanwhile let’s get back to those resolutions!

About Valerie Rawlings

Austin, Texas oil painter focusing on portraits, landscapes and still life paintings
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6 Responses to Apple Vase with Fringe 1/14/14 Still Life Painting

  1. Judy eagle says:

    Val I love the fringe. Actually I really like
    The entire flow
    You are so accomplished
    Happy new year

    • Thank you so much Judy! I so love that wood pattern on the piano that I was trying to figure out how to set up a still life painting of my grandmother’s “things”. You know those treasures that are put away in a box somewhere or in a drawer or scattered around where you don’t see them often enough to give them the respect they deserve. Grandmother’s player piano is certainly the largest treasure she left and it would make a good basis for a painting I think. I also have a sweet painted bowl, some wire rimmed glasses, a pocketwatch, a family bible. a crystal powder container with a silver top, and some other little things..Oh, and a whelk shell! That could all be funky enough for a painting. It is not Austin weird, nor a landscape so it’s making my webmaster crazy, but I am more inclined to please myself rather than paint what is best to optimize my rankings!
      I hope all is well with you! Thanks for following along on my adventure!

  2. Carrie says:

    Val, I have to say, I think I love your still life paintings above all others. This one is especially beautiful, but I love my white flowers, and my hyacinths. Keep on!

    • Thank you Carrie! I’m still wanting to set up a still life with your antique family treasures! I’m practicing on some of mine and then we can give your special things a try! It can be a whole new series of paintings!

  3. Diana says:

    I really LIKE this one.

    • Thanks Sis! I feel a little less constrained by still life painting as opposed to portraiture. But in the end I am still puzzling over “what shape is that shadow, exactly?”