In my studio: Drying paintings and Sweet Peas

Above are my most recent paintings.  You can see my still life set up for my next painting.  Aren't the sweet peas lovely!
Above are my most recent paintings next to my still life set up for the next painting. Aren’t the sweet peas lovely!
I just finished this today.  Sorry I didn't document my process with this one.
I just finished this today. Sorry I didn’t document my process with this one, I was in the zone.  (oil on cradled panel, 20 x 20 inches)
Sweet pea detail.
Sweet pea detail.

In my studio: Floral still life with fruit and veg

I have been working on this painting for about four days.  Here is the condensed version of the process.  Above is the underpainting.
I have been working on this painting for about four days. Here is the condensed version of the process. Above is the underpainting.  (Painted on a 30 x 30 inch board.)
I'm halfway done at this point. My fruit and veg set -up is looking a bit wilted and dried out.
I’m halfway done at this point. My fruit and veg set-up is looking a bit wilted and dried out.
I managed to switch out a few fruit and veg with fresher replacements.  Even though I was very tired towards the end I finished the painting.
 Even though I was very tired towards the end, I kept going and finished the painting.
This is the bottom half of the painting. You can see all the deferent elements a bit closer.
This is the bottom half of the painting. You can see all the deferent elements a bit closer.

In my studio: Starting an Autumn/Winter still life- 35 x 35 inches

I have been looking forward to painting my new pitcher and jug.  Keeping with the seasonal theme I added persimmons, a small branch with berries from my front garden and tiny frosted pine cones.  it is getting a bit colder and I am really getting excited about Thanksgiving and Christmas!  Can you tell?
I have been looking forward to painting my new pitcher and jug for two weeks.  I found them in an antique shop not too far from us in Lavenham.  Keeping with the seasonal theme I added persimmons, a small branch with berries from my front garden and branches with tiny frosted pine cones. It is getting a bit colder and I am really getting excited about Thanksgiving and Christmas! Can you tell?  The drawing looks a bit crazy towards the top but, when I block in the colour it will make more sense.  Also, my lilies are taking their sweet time opening up.  Using images of other still life set ups I sketched in some open lilies.  Ok, back to work I go!

What’s drying in my studio: I’m finally done! 30 x 36 inch Autumn still life

Well, it took quite a while to finish but I am happy with the end result.   I would have taken more pictures but I just wanted to finish.  This painting has taken way more time than needed.  I was just plain tuckered out to be honest.  The detail involved was a bit overwhelming.  It was worth all the hard work though.
Well, it took quite a while to finish but I am happy with the end result. I would have taken more pictures along the way but, I just wanted to finish!  This painting has taken way more time than needed. I was just plain tuckered out to be honest. The detail involved was a bit overwhelming. It was worth all the hard work though.
detail
detail oval plate
detail tangerines
detail tangerines
detail red apple
detail red apple

In my studio: More progress, Autumn still life-30 x 36 inches

Monday I painting off an on for 12 hrs and I am half way done.  I will be resting most of today and trying not to look at the painting.  I need fresh eyes and a relaxed body to continue.  My first task on Monday was to sort out the bouquet, which took some time.  Then I started on the vase.  Now it's time for the pattern.
Monday I painted off and on for 12 hrs and I am half way done. I will be resting most of today and trying not to look at the painting. I need fresh eyes and a relaxed body to continue. My first task on Monday was to sort out the bouquet, which took some time. Then I started on the vase. Now it’s time for the pattern.
I used a small brush and drew the pattern right into the we paint.
I used a small brush and drew the pattern right into the wet paint.
Vase detail
Vase detail
I then added the other colours to complete the vase.
I then added the other colours to complete the vase.
vase detail, colours
vase detail, colours
Now for the fabric.  Same approach as the vase, paint in the under layer then draw the pattern on top.
Now for the fabric. Same approach as the vase, paint in the under layer then draw the pattern on top.
The pattern is mapped out.
The pattern is mapped out.
I then add more colours to the pattern.  I think the cream in the pattern needs to stand out more so I will fix that later today.
I then add more colours to the pattern. I think the cream in the pattern needs to stand out more so I will fix that later today.
fabric deail
fabric detail

Painting completed: Lilies, Botanical Fabric w/ plums

Here is the finished painting.  The lilies have some movement in them and the plums look so yummy.  The fabric has become one of my favourites, I have used it a couple times recently.  I think it has to do with the teal colour in the leaves contrasting with the red-orange petals, lovely.
Here is the finished painting. The lilies have some movement to them and the plums look so yummy. The fabric has become one of my favourites, I have used it a couple of times recently. I think it has to do with the teal colour in the leaves contrasting with the red-orange petals, lovely.
(apple detail)
(apple detail)
(plum detail)
(plum detail)