100 Starts – Number 96

Number 96 of my 100 Starts project Crazy-jumbo pear stem aside, I love this study. The colors and shapes are so pleasing to me, with the cool grays on the white napkin and the warmth of the rest of the colors. The shadow cast onto the napkin and green surface by the pear is intriguing to me and I like the way the white napkin affects the different shadow colors. I like how the composition is mostly quiet and calm, with just a hint of a dynamic quality from the angles of the white napkin. Once I complete this 100…

100 Starts – Number 95

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…

100 Starts – Number 94

Number 94 of my 100 Starts project Mushrooms are really delightful subjects to paint! I was lucky to find a carton of them in the fridge, along with some grape tomatoes. I love the way the mushrooms are a soft, natural white, with great shadow shapes due to the combination of round caps and straight stems. I’m becoming more aware of how the order that the colors are painted has a significant impact on my brushwork and ability to make the shapes I want. Since I want to paint alla prima, the risk of colors mixing into each other unintentionally…

100 Starts – Number 93

Number 93 of my 100 Starts project I felt like painting something with an organic shape today and chose the same hedgehog squeaker toy from Number 91, but with a different position and ground color. I loved going back to Number 24 to see how I interpreted this toy back in early October (3 months ago) compared to today. Although the lighting angle is different, it’s the same bulb and general lighting conditions. In early October I was brand new to oils — just 6 days of experience with them on Number 24. Seeing how these have evolved over the…

100 Starts – Number 92

Number 92 of my 100 Starts project Continuing the squeaky dog toy studies with Brown Monkey. I painted our dogs’ Blue Monkey for Number 51: Number 51 Number 92 My shapes and brushwork have improved over the last forty Starts. And I worked hard on this one to align the head position well with the rest of the body, noting where key points sit in relation to each other. It would be smart to start including quick gesture drawings to my process (like my previous focused practice exercise on animal gesture studies), at least at the thumbnail stage. Now that I’m…