Monday, October 18, 2010

Corn and Tomato


Carol Berry, Corn and Tomato. Oil, 8 x 10 inches. ©2010.

I set this still life up in our trailer during a rainy Sunday last August. I have really enjoyed working on smaller canvases this year, this is new for me. The reward is that I can manage to finish a piece in an afternoon. I now have to think through what type of still life subjects to paint, random pairings such as these don't always work well together.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Coffee Cups


Carol Berry, Coffee Cups. Oil, 10 x 8 inches. ©2010.

I haven't painted a still life since university, but have really been enjoying following many excellent daily painters such as Carol Marine and her wonderful still lifes. So when the weather was too wet this summer, I was inspired to paint a few still lifes that I setup inside our trailer. I really had fun and will continue painting still lifes this winter. 

I see lots of opportunity for growth, I am challenging myself to work on being more decisive with my brushstrokes. I remember studying marker rendering as a graphic design student, and how with regular practice you went in just once with your colour. This is similar, with the added challenge of mixing the correct colour myself, compared to my student "palette" of 60 markers.