teapot study

I made another drawing of the black teapot that sits on the horizon of the still life table.  I decided that maybe the ellipse does matter after all so I redrew it to better match the appearance of the blue compotier.

I included a shadow.  Things are going to have cast shadows similar to the ones that objects have in Bonnard’s painting though not all the objects have shadows yet in the various studies.  The question of the shadows and what they shall look like is another piece of the big puzzle.

2 thoughts on “teapot with flowers

  1. You are using oil pastels here? You also use the other sort of pastels too – I am usually peering at your pastels trying to work out which you are using. I always like oil pastels and didn’t do so well with the other sort of pastels…I think the colours weren’t strong enough for me.

  2. Yes, nearly all the drawing studies are made using Caran d’Ache Neopastels which are a wax-based oil pastel. For some of the studies I also used Sennelier oil pastels just because I have them. The Sennelier pastels use a non-drying oil that bleeds through most papers. I have found that, much as I want to like Sennelier, I just don’t. But I have them so sometimes I use them. For some of the drawings that I knew were “just studies,” ones that don’t really matter, I used Sennelier — ironic because Sennelier is expensive! But, once you’ve spent the money, it’s not like you’re getting it back …

    To be clear, Sennelier is potentially wonderful but I think you have to use treated paper to protect against the oil as you would do when making oil paintings on paper. Since I’m just doing studies I don’t want to be bothered with all that. Plus something about Sennelier just doesn’t work for me ….

    But Caran d’Ache Neopastels have a strong pigment load. I find them really well suited to the qualities I try to get. These days I sort of “think” in color — or when push comes to shove if I cannot figure the form out through line I can usually manage something with color. So I use them a lot. In the information gathering activities I find them really wonderful for my use.

    I think they are well suited for use in making finished pictures too, but I usually just use them to make complex studies, pochade sorts of things.

    I love traditional dry pastels too and have thought about using them for some of the studies — only logistics prevents me. The studio is small and switching around media can create log jams of stuff. So when I paint with acrylics, I don’t use oil. When oil, no acrylics. And because everything is set up for oil right now, pastels too are out. If I had more space, I would be using them right now. Traditional pastels are well suited for the drawing/painting I like to do. I’m trying to figure out a way of fixing this logistical issue.

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