Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Still life fruit pie

Painted this delicious little pie today with a raspberry on top. Painting raspberries is always a hassle, because of all the little spheres it contains. I didn't feel like painting every single one of them separately, so I chose a strategy with a lot of suggestion. I first indicated the tone and color of the raspberry with a general scumble of paint. Then tried to recognize globules in that, and only enhance what is already there. A video of this one will be available at youtube.com shortly...

Still life fruit pie, 12.5x18 cm.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Still life with peach

Last week I found these peaches with a really nice silky skin. Was just in time today to paint one before they went bad..

Still life with peach, 15x15 cm.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Portrait study from life

Did another portrait study from life yesterday (suzette), focusing on the face...

Portrait study from life, 30x30 cm.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Portrait-eyes study

Did this quick portrait study today, focusing on eyes only. Still a bit crooked. The eye on the left is too high, which particularly stands out when you tilt your head to the right, so that the face appears to be standing upright...

Portrait-eyes study, 15x15 cm.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Still life with white pumpkin

Time again for a couple of small still life studies. I got these white pumpkins from friend and sailing-genius (Diederik Willemsen) so I decided to paint one. The pumpkin catches a lot of light and it is rather tricky to get the contrast between the light side and the ground surface large enough...

Still life with white pumpkin, 15x15 cm.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Portrait tone study

Another tone study today, this time in charcoal. (Images is crop from original sketchbook page.) Will get back to painting fruits next week...

Portrait tone study, 30x20 cm.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Portrait tone study

Was able to do a portrait session with a live model tonight. Didn't feel confident enought to paint yet, but next week I will. This evening I settled for black creta color sticks (which are quite nice). (Indicated size is approximate.)

Portrait tone study, 25x20 cm.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Portrait in cool colors

Couldn't resist trying another potrait painting again today. I picked a photo reference with predominantly cool colors...

Portrait in cool colors, 40x40 cm.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Portrait study with sleeping person

Another portrait painting sketch today. Painting portraits takes rather a lot of concentration. Time maybe for a relaxing still life tomorrow.. (Measurements are approximate.)

Portrait study with sleeping person, 25x25 cm.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Portrait study with warm vs cool colors

Today this portrait study featuring warm lights and cool shadows. This is said to enhance the expression of the form..

Portrait study with warm vs cool colors, 34x36 cm.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Portrait study of a man

Today a loose-touch portrait study. Copied freely after grand master J.L...

Portrait study of a man, 32x35 cm.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Portrait study in profile

I thought I'd try a portrait painting again for a change. In this one I used a yellow imprimatura. I focused on the face, leaving the rest of the painting rather sketchy.. (Painted from deviant art reference.)

Portrait study in profile, 31x34 cm.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Portrait study almost in profile

Today this portrait sketch of a person, almost in profile.. (From deviant art reference)

Portrait study almost in profile, 20x30 cm.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Portrait study with sleeping person

No time for a daily painting today, so I thought I'd post a page from my sketchbook. Still practicing to draw portraits. Have gained some fluency in the last couple of months, but likeness is still difficult. Don't know yet which way to go with these portraits, but I like Waterhouse a lot. Maybe copying some of his work would be a good start...

Portrait study with sleeping person, 20x30 cm.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Still life with Napoleon candy

In this little daily painting you can see a 'Napoleon' piece of candy, which are quite popular here in Holland...

Still life with Napoleon candy, 18x13 cm.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Still life-test with light bulb

Trying a new painting technique. Start with a colored underpainting and paint over that thinly. You can see the underlayer still shine through at the bottom of the painting. This bulb seemed a good subject for this...

Still life-test with light bulb, 15x15 cm.

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Friday, September 05, 2008

Still life with radish

Another youtube study today, this time with radish... Go to youtube to watch the video...

Still life with radish, 16x16 cm.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Still life with white cup

Another little painting from a series of studies with white objects today..

Still life with white cup, 18x12.5 cm.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Still life with big tomato

This big tomato was staring me in the face at the grocery store today, so I had to make clear who is at the top of the food chain. Decided to paint it first..

Still life with big tomato, 16x16 cm.