Recent painting: Spring Sunday

Above: ‘Spring Sunday’ oil on cradled panel, 30 x 30 inches– I have recently been working on a large still life painting filled with various subjects.  All in all it took me 4 days to complete, working an average of 6hrs a day.  It was very hard work and it took a lot of energy to finish. Moving forward, I will be working to the ‘less is more’ model!  Regardless, I am very happy with how it came out. I think doing detailed ones like this every so often will be fine.

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What’s drying in my studio: Magenta Lilies with Black Cherries

To finish off the painting, I started with the doily then the bowl of cherries.
To finish off the painting, I started with the doily then the bowl of cherries.
detail, bowl of cherries
detail, bowl of cherries
The blue/periwinkle cloth was next.  I did that first instead of the remaining fruit and birds eggs.  When rendering those objects I will tie the surrounding colour in as reflecting highlights and it helps to reshape things if I mess up.
The blue/periwinkle cloth was next. I did that first instead of the remaining fruit and birds eggs. When rendering those objects I will use the surrounding colour as reflecting highlights and it also helps to reshape things if I mess up.
Here it is!  The colours are so bold in person and the gold paint sets it of nicely.  I will do a similar smaller painting because I am addicted to this gold paint!
Here it is, “Magenta Lilies with Black Cherries” 35 x 35 inches, oil on board!  The colours are so bold in person and the gold sets it off nicely. I will do a similar smaller painting because I am addicted to this gold paint! 

In my studio: Deep magenta lilies, birds, cherries…

Every year i have to do one of my paintings with the gold background and birds.  They are napkins I bought in one of the major grocery stores about two years ago.  I love having an excuse to use my gold oil paint.  Here is my set-up for my latest painting.  I did a red an gold version of this  last year but this one will be blue and gold with a pop of magenta.
Every year I have to do one of my paintings with the gold background and birds. They are napkins I bought in one of the major grocery stores about two years ago. I love having an excuse to use my gold oil paint. Here is my set-up for my latest painting. I did a red an gold version of this last year but this one will be blue and gold with a pop of magenta.
Here is where I stopped last night.  After some all day holiday shopping I only had energy to sketch it in and do the underpainting.
Here is where I stopped last night. After some all day holiday shopping I only had energy to sketch it in and do the underpainting. (35 x 35 inches on board)