Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A recent commissioned painting

A recent commission I did for a collector. Happy to say they loved it!
It was based on an older painting that had sold long ago.  It's in a slightly different size, and it was fun to redesign and distort the subject to a square format.

Cyclamen on patterned cloth revisited 
Acrylic on panel                         24X24

Just for interest, below is the original it was based off. They're pretty close, but you can have fun playing spot the difference on a few elements, aside from small color and tone changes.

Cyclamen on patterned cloth
Acrylic on panel                         18X24

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Photographing still life subjects

Spent a long day photographing still lifes arrangements. The list is long and time consuming to collect. Everything must be brought together; the fruit, flowers, vases, pots, drapes, cloths, tables and lights.  Who knows what will be needed to create the perfect arrangement. All this work before even the arranging can begin.

Then meticulously I arrange each grouping, attempting to make each different from the last.

 My aim is to create a number of photographs from each session that I can turn into a variety of paintings. I don't want too many paintings from each session, but I want enough shots to feel the time was well spent. Nothing makes my creative juices flow and excites my 'still life' passion like a new photo shoot!

The goal of this rush of activity was to create some really nice reference material for next weeks trip to Santa Fe.  The town hosts an annual 'paint out' event, where artists from a variety of galleries come out and paint!  #Ventana_Fine_Art, has a group show opening on the Friday the 17th, and the 'Paint out' event is on the Saturday. Looking forward to visiting beautiful Santa Fe again, seeing friends, gallery staff and artists! Tel (800) 746-8815 for more info.

I think I got shots that will work really well, looking forward to getting cracking - Now the fun begins!