Thursday, May 5, 2011
Did the still life today at my friends house while waiting to go to work. I've been wanting to paint a more traditional still life setup where you can't see the ground plane.
The figure was done over at the Palette And Chisel. I used a somewhat limited palette. White, yellow ochre, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, and cad red because I realized all the other colors were too cold by themselves. I also mixed in Raw Umber to a lot of my colors I was mixing making them a little less saturated and cooler. Drapery and background I usually don't make the priority unless it's really interesting so like this time I only see them as abstract shapes and patterns to compose with. In this one I specifically went to get the form down in such a complicated pose in 4.5 hours but it's really tough and I didn't get what I was aiming for. Some parts which looked okay when painting (left leg especially) get lost now that I see it in front of me. In real life the only part that stands out to me that was decent was the right thigh. Even in the photo it's pretty bad. Another piece to learn from.