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CSebesta

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on: June 27, 2017, 05:57:41 AM
My next painting will be a still life.  Playing around with the props (bottle, bread etc.) is enormous fun.  Here is my 250th (at least it seems that many) photo and 4th draft (this time all the finger prints are removed from the flutes, ugh what a mess) at any rate think I am about ready to start.

The picture will be a 24 x 20 (1.5" gallery wrap)  making it 27 x 23 overall.

Similarities to Nolan's wonderful Still Life classes are probably there, if you haven't done those classes I have found them very rewarding.  My light box started it's life as an 18"x18"x16" moving and storage box (@ $3 ) just followed Nolan's directions it was easy to make and it works great (the champagne bottle fits with room to spare).

Any C&C regarding the composition and how you might make it better is appreciated.  My oil primed canvas is almost dry so should be able to start soon.

I will probably darken the supporting board to provide contrast with the oat meal.

Thanks,

Charles

« Last Edit: November 17, 2017, 01:27:55 PM by CSebesta »


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Reply #1 on: June 27, 2017, 08:54:49 AM
Oh this is going to be fabulous, Charles. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished painting.
Kathy S.


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Reply #2 on: June 27, 2017, 08:57:02 AM
What a fantastic set up and composition!!! Can't wait to see this one evolve. Good luck!! I know it's going to be spectacular!
Cheers,
Sharon


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Reply #3 on: June 27, 2017, 09:22:30 AM
 :gl2: The composition is great. Looking forward to see it done.
I love that class. That's the "turning point" for me. Something clicked and started painting better.


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Reply #4 on: June 27, 2017, 12:30:49 PM
Looks great  :clap: :clap: :clap: Now go grab your brushes  O0
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CSebesta

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Reply #5 on: June 27, 2017, 01:31:43 PM
OK getting closer, still having fun!

Replaced the pear which was too big and didn't have a stem

Also the background was boring compared to other versions.  This one has shadows for both flutes and the bottle with a little more interest at the back. 

Thanks for the your time to make your comments, Dennis, V, Sharon and Kathy.

They are very appreciated.

Dennis unfortunately I am a slow painter at best and get distracted with other things in my life.  We will shoot for a draft in a month.

I really love Still Life and your son has an excellent series on the topic.

Charles


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Reply #6 on: June 27, 2017, 02:51:55 PM
The pear might not last.  Probably mark the placement on table so when ready, you just replace fresh ones.


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Reply #7 on: June 27, 2017, 03:42:35 PM
 :heeha: Never mind the pear V, the Veuve Cliquot might not last!!!  :2funny:

Charles it is a beautiful still life set, and I look forward to popping that cork when it is a fait accompli !  :clap: :clap:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #8 on: June 27, 2017, 06:35:10 PM
Any mice around and you will have bigger holes in the cheese :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
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Reply #9 on: June 27, 2017, 07:43:54 PM
I can completely understand you , Charles, when you said "you get distracted by other things in life". This still life is very beautifully arranged and I am sure it´s going to be a great painting. Looking forward to see this. 
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Reply #10 on: June 28, 2017, 01:34:50 PM
Well, this morning I dismantled the light box, so this part of composition is complete.  Intend to start blocking in the elements on the canvas hopefully by Saturday, then begin with the red fabric folds, which I really am looking forward to.

BTW I sliced off another 1/2" of the cranberry, mango, and almond bread for breakfast, there was more fruit than bread so it will be a very colorful loaf.  The mango runs from the yellow green of the Veuve label to the color of the pear skin.  And the cranberry matches the background all the way to dark purple that you already see.

Getting even more excited!

Thanks for everyone's comments including Gita, V,  and again Dennis and the cork popping Val!

Charles


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Reply #11 on: July 05, 2017, 12:33:45 PM
Looking good.  I had to chuckle about celebrating the finished work via popping the cork.  Talk about a reward!


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Reply #12 on: July 05, 2017, 07:43:42 PM
I'm sure this one will be worth waiting for. Take your time and enjoy the process, and if the rats eat the cheese, and other sneak thieves drink the champagne, well, that's a good reason to buy more chees and champagne, isn't it?


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Reply #13 on: July 05, 2017, 09:46:54 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: I'm so excited for you, Charles!!!  It will be a beautiful painting!!!
Could you please tell me where are the instructions for a light box and did you use a lamp?  I had better get started with my still life of bread, etc.
~Liz


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Reply #14 on: July 06, 2017, 04:18:50 AM
This is going to be a lovely painting, Charles. I look forward to seeing your progress!
EmmaLee


 

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