Friday, 30 June 2017

Glass and fruits - small study

Trying to capture glass transparency and reflective properties in this small study. Based on a reference photo with the glass candle support, and with fruits added from imagination - thus reflections are not very realistic...

This small study is 5x7 inches. I must try on a larger size, and with a real life setup, to make sure shapes and reflections are correct.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

It takes three to break apart..

And the last one, larger size again (~10x10 inches), where my pears have gone dancing and breaking apart! :)
This one was very funny to paint, trying to go in a bit of an abstract direction, but keeping all the elements of the previous painting. Kind of a "three dancing tango" with all this red, what do you think?

I had to stop doing any pears for a while, otherwise they would have gone to space or something... LOL

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Larger version of the three pears

At the last workshop session we had at the Community Center, one of the ladies was concerned either it is ok or not to paint the same thing more than once. Another artist told her that she should not paint the same thing again and again. While I am not sure what was the reason for that comment, I did explain to the group that it is fine to make first your smaller studies and then go to the bigger painting, and that means that you actually paint the same thing more than once. Of course, except of changing the size, for sure there is a difference in detail and eventually other composition or palette changes between the studies and the final painting. Even when you paint the same size again, I assume you do it for a reason - you improve something, you want to explore another path, etc.
This brings me to my multiple paintings of the same subject. In the winter I have actually painted the "Three pears" 4 times: two small size studies (7x5 inches) which I have already shared in previous posts (I sent one of them to the TAE2017), and two larger paintings (10x10 inches) which I only managed to scan yesterday. The one bellow is the larger version of the yellow pears.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Policeman and Old Woman in Mexico

Two days ago I saw the reference photo shared by Doug on WetCanvas for the June 2017 watercolor challenge, and for some reason that I cannot figure out it just clicked to me, although I do not paint that much people or street scenes  in general. The photograph was taken in 2015 in San Miguel, Mexico, and it was shared by Doug as a reference image with kind permission of bumfuzzle (Ali and Pat) who are a family traveling the world together.

In this study (10x7 inches) I did a few composition changes, to make a better connection between the policeman (placed them closer such that the papers touch her, moved the window towards the left side, removed the heavy metal frame, etc), and the major scope was to capture the light on the policeman, which I think it worked fine.

I think it will make a beautiful larger painting, but I still need to workout some of the "story telling" details.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Another poppy study

It is just impossible to stop at only one study with poppies! Another small study, 7x5 inches.