Thursday, October 28, 2010

Red Plastic Bowl

























Every morning I spend a little time looking at painting blogs and then 
go try out what I think I've learned. I believe I have learned a lot, 
especially with alla prima. I'm not suffering as I paint anymore, anyway. 
I hadn't done much with transparency or translucency . . . this bowl is 
another 49¢ "find" at the Salvation Army. Working with something that 
you're unfamiliar with really forces observation. My observational powers 
need lots more refining, but at least, I know I don't know what this 
object looks like and can't fool myself into thinking I do. I have also 
noticed one terrible painting habit: once I load the brush with color, I'm 
not content with just putting that color in the one spot where it's required. 
carry it into another area where the value has clearly changed. So, 
another thing to be mindful of . . .

14 comments:

Jean Townsend said...

This is so nice - the form of the bowl is so lightly there with a wonderful translucency, everything so loose.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Beautiful. Love the areas of pure red which really pop next to the grays. The apples are perfection!

Caladh said...

The bowl does look transparent and pretty. I've been wondering how to paint the difference between plastic and glass. Nice reflections, and apples.

Virginia Floyd said...

I do the same thing, Lorraine! My daughter and I laugh at ourselves...after we've taken the time to mix that color, we hate to let it go to waste, so we look around to see where else we could put it!

This bowl is gorgeous! Great translucency and reflected light! I love it!

SYLVIANE said...

Your apples are great!

liz wiltzen said...

Beautiful brushwork Lorraine!

Lisa Daria said...

I know what you mean when you get an object you haven't worked w/before about it forcing the observational skills - I love when that happens!
I like the cast of red this bowl leaves on the surface and that you've carried your previous apple experiences into this.

Crystal Cook said...

Wow! That is so beautiful! I really love those flashes of red. Glad I stopped by your blog! :)

Janice said...

I love your apples that you've been working on, they are wonderful!

bricarwaller said...

I just love your style. This one is terrific. That bowl is perfect! Wonderful job:)

Linda Popple said...

Beautiful bowl and I like the reflections and shadow. It's not an easy task, for sure, but you seem to have handled it skillfully. Your commentary is very helpful to me, too. Love viewing your blog!

Peinturesetaventures said...

Very nice, i love this painting and the colors you used. Looks like you had fun doing it. i visited your blog and your apples are quite something. Helen

Randall Cogburn said...

Hi lorraine,

You seem to love still lifes. Just take your time and the more you practice the more you get it. That's the only way so keep at it your doing good.

~Kirby

MA2U said...

Hi Lo.
Glad I finally made it back to your blog. This has got the be your best work yet. The bowl is quite real. I love the transparency you obtained. and the flashes of light make it all so lifelike.

MA