As perhaps you surmised from the title, I have been making studies. These are paintings that you don’t paint to finish — you just paint them to paint. I might finish them. I might not. They might be sketchy. They might be overdone with paint. It can be anything at all. (Which makes working on studies a blast.)
The only point of the study is to have rich visual contact with the thing being studied. So this is the first pass at the large blue compotier with lemons.
I made quick first sketches of some other objects as well.
I’m not sure at this stage where anything will go in the actual painting. And I don’t plan to be fastidious with it either. I hope to work on the large painting with as much freedom as with these little studies — though I will have had many rehearsals of various sorts to inform my painting when I get to the big canvas.
In the lower corner of the study above, you’ll see the beginnings of a porcelain basket. You can find the actual basket at the link below. And, if you want to buy the basket, you can! Better still, if you decide that you want to buy the basket so that you can send it to me — leave me a comment and I’ll provide my address and hire the security guard …. It’s just a little bit pricey ….
Link to the basket:
First marks of paint for the flower study. I set up the still life somewhat late in the day and didn’t begin painting until quite late. Here’s how it looked on the first pass. It’s really fun to begin flowers this way. From the outset, there’s a riot of color.
This is the beginning of the first of what will be several studies of flowers for a large flower painting that I’ve just begun on what was formerly the beginnings of a koi painting (a couple posts previous).
My studio looks like a gypsy caravan these days.
The painting that I’m working on develops through a composite process. I don’t have an actual still life set up to paint. Instead I make studies of individual objects and put them into a pictorial composition that is partly invented and partly based upon real still lifes past and future. So, for instance I don’t know exactly what the bouquet of flowers will look like that will sit on a table in the picture. I have begun auditioning flowers for the various roles.
I got these grocery store flowers and will be painting a little study of them. I decided to put one of the Limoges vase drawings in front of the actual flowers to get a better sense of how the flowers would appear when arranged in the vase. The Limoges vase drawings are based on a photograph I found on the internet from an auction site.
I was going to be a koi painting, and it would have been horizontal. But now it’s a flower painting and it’s vertical. Here’s the canvas before it’s transformation — which is taking place these coming days.