studies for a little painting

koi teapot and creamer july 26 (2)

Another teapot — this time it’s a swimming koi teapot rather than a frog teapot, but clearly I seem to have a thing about teapots.  I’ve been making drawings of the teapot and of a frog figurine (Dr. Freud, please call your office).  These items appear in a little fauvist oil painting that I started quickly and never finished several years ago.  I found it in the bin and decided to do something with it.  So I assembled the players.  Unfortunately the creamer was missing.  I turned the studio upside down, and I finally located it — eureka — and there it appears in the latest drawing above.

I’ve made three drawings of the set up so far.  I’ll no doubt make other drawings since I’ll be painting from the drawings and not from the motif.  It’s sort of “en plein air” still life and the light changes rapidly which is why I’ll be working from drawings.  We had nearly a week of rain and cloudy weather in the Washington DC region which was perfect for my project.  But regular July weather is returning and the light gets very bright in the studio quite early.  So now it’s NASA launch-style windows of opportunity that I seek to get that light I want.

The other drawings for the painting follow:

koi teapot drawing2 (2).jpg

koi teapot creamer frog composition (2)