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: