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Title: Tea Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on May 19, 2017, 01:18:26 PM

Since doing Dennis' class, I'm now addicted to painting still lifes with a black background! This is based on a PMP photo by Cherry Aron. I really should be working on a dog commission, but just couldn't resist trying to paint this. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Val on May 19, 2017, 02:00:48 PM
Being that I am one of those Brit tea nuts  ::) ... and without seeing the photo... the tea looks a bit milky. I do love tea with lemon, but never with milk. Regardless, great painting but I just feel the tea needs to show a bit more natural tea colour/transparency. Oh.... no cakes?  ;)     ;D
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on May 19, 2017, 02:10:54 PM

I actually like milk in my tea, Val - learned that from living in England! Took me a while to get used to it I admit!

But here's the reference photo - let me know if I still need to lighten the liquid!
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Val on May 19, 2017, 02:19:45 PM
I would say a bit less brown in the colour and more of a pure yellow colour, (lemony as it were) quite light. Transparency is just so darn difficult to get.   :faint:
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on May 19, 2017, 02:57:55 PM
Ok. I'll scrub it later and add more lemon yellow! Stay tuned!
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Val on May 19, 2017, 03:12:18 PM
 :eek: Not too much! Oh lawdy I'm going to have a stroke!  :faint:
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 19, 2017, 06:23:46 PM
Another beautiful still life, Sharon.  The lemon slices on the left looks so real.

Agree with Val on the transparent vs. the milky tea.

Otherwise, a thing of beauty.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Maryna on May 19, 2017, 10:38:18 PM
Love it!

Love milk in my tea. Everyone I know have milk in their tea.
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Gita on May 20, 2017, 12:01:06 AM
Beautiful Sharon, agree, Lemonjuice goes with tea without milk, so a bit more transparency of the tea would be good. In the original the tea is without milk.
I drink blacktea with milk and sugar. Sometimes a bit of fresh ginger to it. My way of drinking " Chai".
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Straynative on May 20, 2017, 12:42:51 AM
Lovely still life! I like the composition and colours  :clap:
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: TeresaM on May 20, 2017, 02:00:51 AM
Beautiful painting, but no milk with lemon thanks haha
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on May 20, 2017, 08:42:03 AM

Loving the milk/no milk discussion! Here's the best I can do. I can't scrub anymore - and the colors I used before seem to be staining colors - so in the photo I still get the milky look. In person it does look a bit more transparent. I think I need a cup of tea after doing this!
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Val on May 20, 2017, 09:04:47 AM
Right! Tea and Valium.  :D   I've been on pins and needles waiting to see what happened!  :faint:    ;D

Looks better, staining colours can really put a screw in the works. Has happened so many times to me. I'm a bit smarter now...I made a list of the most common colours I use, and split the list into staining and non-staining. Same for transparency. Makes it much easier to fix the mishaps.  ;)

Good job.  O0
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on May 20, 2017, 09:15:27 AM
Valium - is that what Val is short for?!?

In person, the tea truly does look a lot less murky. And now I think I'll switch to coffee!!
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 20, 2017, 10:13:52 AM
Nice work, Sharon.  Some tea lover is going to snap this right up!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Val on May 20, 2017, 01:20:52 PM
Valium - is that what Val is short for?!?

 :2funny:   No, but i could have used one waiting to see the outcome!  :sweat:     :2funny:
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Win on May 20, 2017, 04:48:42 PM
I Love this painting Sharon, especially the lemon slices on the plate... but for my untrained eye your cup of tea looks slightly more like Im looking down on a flat plate than the inside of a cup ...oh goodness that sounds awful :-\  .... Im not sure what suggestion to offer but perhaps if you create a bit more shadow on the upper right hand side of the cup and also between the lemon slice and  the cup it might create the looking into rather than the onto look.  Im not sure maybe the photo doesnt show the contrast as much as the original.
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on May 21, 2017, 07:15:58 AM

Good eye on adding the shadow to the cup, Win! Thank you for the great suggestion!
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Val on May 21, 2017, 08:40:23 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on May 21, 2017, 11:19:15 AM
Thanks Val and Mea!!
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Win on May 21, 2017, 11:36:09 AM
  :)
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Post by: Fiona on May 21, 2017, 02:03:54 PM
Lovely work Sharon - it looks more lemony now  O0

I'm afraid that as a Brit I am somewhat of an anomaly.... I loathe tea!! Coffee for me all the way, the stronger the better!

Cheers
Fi
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Happychappy on May 21, 2017, 05:41:45 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Lovely painting Sharon and a good catch by Win, it did the trick.   Patricia
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on May 22, 2017, 10:25:53 AM
 :thankyou: Fi and Patricia! And I drink coffee every morning, Fi - with cream mind you! Tea is my afternoon beverage of choice! My husband drinks espressos at night - I have no idea how he does that and can still fall asleep!
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: njnjgirl on May 29, 2017, 04:57:15 AM
You are amazing Sharon, this is beautiful.  :smitten: Another one that will sell quickly i am sure!! :yippee:
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Danielle123 on May 29, 2017, 05:33:27 PM
Lovely subject Sharon, I have one comment it is the orange it looks a bit flat you will have to add some tonal value. Hope  this helps. Oups I looked again is it a piece of orange in coffee or tea.  Maybe then it should be more of a brown color.  I though it was an orange with a quarter cut off.
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on May 30, 2017, 08:42:38 AM
Thanks Mary Lou and Danielle! And I appreciate the suggestions, Danielle - but I already took the painting to the framer last week when I delivered his dog painting to him. And it's actually a lemon in the tea, that's turned orange from the tea color! Oh well...
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 08, 2017, 10:18:33 AM

And here my painting is framed! I love the yellow with the silver combo of the frame, and the double mat with a hint of yellow ochre. Now I just need to find a tea lover!
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Happychappy on June 08, 2017, 11:07:31 AM
Gosh, Sharon, how beautiful it looks framed.  You can be so proud.   Patricia
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Val on June 08, 2017, 11:34:01 AM
Excellent job.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Win on June 09, 2017, 06:45:46 AM
Your framer sure does your paintings justice with his choices.  it looks really good
Title: Re: Tea Still Life
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 09, 2017, 09:47:56 AM
 :thankyou: Patricia, Val and Win! And Win, I have a deal with my framer - he charges me $50-70 for the custom matting/frames and in exchange, I can't tell him what frame to use...But with talent like his, he's easy to trust!