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!