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LeavesI’ve been work­ing on this one for a cou­ple of weeks. I don’t think it’s quite suc­cess­ful, for two rea­sons. First, in the leaves I kind of got too stuck on fid­dly details before I estab­lished the large masses, and that affects their dimen­sion­al­ity, espe­cially on the left one. Sec­ond, the com­po­si­tion devi­ates from the still life con­ven­tion of basi­cally depict­ing some objects in a box, look­ing at them against a ver­ti­cal back­drop. In this com­po­si­tion, you are look­ing down toward two objects on a flat piece of crum­pled brown paper. That would be eas­ier if I hadn’t cho­sen to light them from behind. I thought I could make the per­spec­tive work with the shape of the shad­ows, with the graded light­ing (dark to light, front to back) and with reced­ing per­spec­tive in the tex­ture of the paper. While I think I did OK, I’m really not quite happy with it. I like devi­at­ing from still life com­po­si­tional con­ven­tions, but they are con­ven­tions because they work. I’m still learn­ing which rules I have to fol­low and which I can get away with play­ing around with.

It’s painted on an ABS (styrene) panel, a new prod­uct from Real Gesso. I found it really nice to paint on in oils, with just the right grab and absorbency. Full dis­clo­sure: they sent this one to me as a free sam­ple, but I am sure that I will be buy­ing some. If you are tired of pre-primed can­vases but don’t want to have to make your own paint­ing sup­ports, these are a good choice.

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  1. Anonymous says

    I dis­cov­ered your blog for myself a cou­ple of weeks ago. I’m very grate­ful, you are so clear and you obvi­ously love your craft.

    I have already learned a lot from you, please do keep post­ing your thoughts they are very inter­est­ing to me.

    I have a degree in art, and have taken pri­vate lessons, but alas I still have so many ques­tions that have not been answered — espe­cially those ques­tions I did not know I had.

    Thank you for your insight and your generosity.

    The paint­ing is lovely — sen­si­tively observed and skill­fully done.

  2. David says

    Thanks. I appre­ci­ate the feed­back, both on the paint­ing and the writing.

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