Painting process: More anemones

The anemones are still holding up, so I added a few new flowers to create a beautiful Spring blue bouquet. Above is the set-up and the sketch.
The underpainting is complete. It’s looking good!
Underpainting close-up.
More progress on the bouquet, using the palette knife.
The pitcher detail.
Figs close-up
Yay, I’m done! I worked for three days on this because of all the detail and the gingham cloth. I may have overworked it slightly. Love the blues though.
Another shot of the completed painting.

Hyacinths on French linen

The hyacinths are still fresh and I am very happy to paint them again. I started working on this on Friday, took a break and finished it today.
The set-up with my sketch.
Working on the underpainting.
More progress on the underpainting.
As I continued to work and use the palette knife, I started to render the glass bottle. Before I knew it, it was done. I usually wait to paint whatever the flowers are held in.  I make sure the background and flowers are done first, but this time I got ahead of myself because I was excited!
Bottle close-up
Here is the finished piece. A very simple composition, but I think there is a feeling of quietness. I am quite proud of my glass bottle.

Happy New Year! First painting of 2018

Hello all! I hope you enjoyed the holidays. The new year is here and after a long break I am finally back in the studio.
A simple spring set-up and my sketch.
Progress on the background and the hyacinths
I loved adding the detail on the earthenware jar.
Jar close-up
Cloth and lemon close-up
The finished painting with the set-up. The hyacinths are holding up well, I will paint them again.

Painting process: Plate of mixed figs

Once again, I am painting one of my favourite subjects, figs! Pictured above is my loose sketch and still life set-up. (oil on cradled panel, 16 x 16 inches)
My underpainting.
Underpainting close-up
Detail of the finished figs and plate. You can see I added thicker paint with the palette knife to render the figs and add texture. The underpainting, which was done with a brush, still shows through in some parts.
Above is the finished painting with the still life set-up. It was a joy to paint the detail on the plate.
A better look at the finished piece. Nice contrasts in this one.

Another pumpkin

I have been enjoying painting my mini pumpkins and gourds! I am also enjoying this new composition for my still life work, it feels freeing in a way. New composition, new ideas, new themes, so much fun! Above is my loose sketch for a painting I completed last week. (oil on cradled panel, 16 x 16 inches)
Working on the underpainting, using a brush.
Underpainting close-up
After finishing the underpainting, I applied thicker paint with a brush and palette knife to render the pumpkin and the bowl. You can also see that I have worked on the knife.
Spool of thread close-up
The finished painting with the still life reference.
There are many aspects of this painting that I really love. The simplicity is one of them. I have also added text which I haven’t done before. I didn’t want it to be too noticeable and take the focus away from the lovely pumpkin. The contrast of the orange and cream pumpkin in a blue-green bowl was deliberate. Even though the red is bold, it isn’t too distracting.

Gourds, 16 x 16 inches

Here is the underpainting for my latest painting. Sorry there isn’t a sketch to share. I didn’t remember to document my process until I was finished with this stage. Looks almost finished at this point.
A close-up of the underpainting
I have finished painting the gourds and the bowl.
Working on the fabric.  I will smooth out the brushstrokes with a palette knife.
Here is my latest painting pictured next to my still life set-up. I think my new style translates well to this size.

New work: Tabletop still life

I have done another piece exploring new compositions and moodiness. Pictured above is my loose sketch and my still life set-up. (oil on cradled panel, 30 x 30 inches)
I have used thicker paint to do the underpainting. I will not be covering all of it in order to add texture and to show the layers of my process.
Underpainting close-up
Finished squash close-up.
Finished hydrangea close-up.
Above is the completed painting. I really like this one. The objects are interesting and tell a story. Next, I will see how this new style translates to a smaller surface, 16 x 16 inches to be exact.