100 Starts – Number 95

Number 95 of my 100 Starts project
Number 95 of my 100 Starts project

I’ve avoided the egg assignment long enough, lol. And to make things even harder, I included a piece of silverware! More than studying the tines of this fork, I wanted to address the colors I saw in the handle, so I set it up so I wouldn’t get caught up in painting the details of the tines. I had learned in the book Daily Painting by Carol Marine that silver objects are rarely as light as we imagine them being in our minds, due to the reflective nature of them. I think I went too dark with my study, but my goal was to simplify and get it in the ball park. Taking this to a completed painting would be an opportunity to reveal more details in the light family.

My favorite part of this one is the transition from the shadow side of the egg to the cast shadow. It’s a warm shadow, but in contrast with the very warm brown egg color it looks cool. I love that sort of interplay. I just wish I’d included the occlusion shadow where the light is completely blocked by the egg — that would have added nice definition between the egg and its cast shadow.

Now that I’m in the home stretch I wanted to start posting these daily. The previous studies can be found here.

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