This is that still life that I did at the downtown studio last week. I thought I should get a move on and post it before it gets too far removed from when I painted it.
I am loving the mason jars lately. I keep getting out my pretty blue vases to set up a still life but then I always go back to the mason jars. Below is the first study that I did in pencil, and the next two that I did in watercolour. Now I have an acrylic painting so I guess next up will be an oil painting.
The first painting I attempted for this week’s post was terrible. In fact the last 3 weeks I’ve had to do at least two paintings before I have something that’s good enough to post. Clearly I need to get back into a daily painting habit rather than weekly.
The Sunday Studio time seems to be becoming my watercolour painting time. It’s just so much easier than lugging around my acrylic paints—especially since I use the big tubs of acrylic paint. My painting bag seems to be getting heavier. (GAH! I’m getting old!)
The first one with the two jars was done pretty quickly. It’s nice and loose and I really like the transparency of the mason jar. The second one I spent a little more time on. Unfortunately I didn’t notice at the time that the roundness of the mouth is a bit off. Oh well, they’re all just studies right?
…And check out the fancy signatures! That’s for my mom :)
Finally did a “real” painting. In other words, an acrylic painting instead of a watercolour. And no flowers. When my mom visited last I showed her my “Blue Tulips” still life painting and I preempted the viewing with, “The bottle is great but the tulips are a bit of a mess.” Then she looked at it and said simply, “You always do well on the containers.” That’s when it occurred to me that I am maybe too stuck on including flowers in my still life paintings and should try doing just jars or vases. So that’s what this is.
The colour is a bit crazy—it reminds me of some things I did in University. At the time one of my profs told me that I used such terribly ugly garish colours together, but that it somehow worked. I was quite pleased with that critique.
Study of two jars from a couple of weeks ago. I’m working full-time right now and haven’t done much painting. I almost got caught off guard by Watercolour Wednesday this week. In part because I thought yesterday was Friday.