Still life study





General shapes penciled in.  No details are worked at this point.  The photo doesn’t capture it but I have a singular light source which is the lamp on the upper right.
Underpainting block in
Dark areas are placed with thinned raw umber.  The white here is the white of the canvas.
Dark areas are reinforced with a mix of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna. I mixed a good chunk of that color and mixed increasing quantities of titanium white.   This created a 5 value string of grey to define forms.

The above is a progression shot of a pumpkin study.  Because it is best to narrow ones focus when engaging in work of this nature, this still life painting serves a few functions:

1 – I wanted to reinforce value composition as that has been an afterthought on many of my paintings.

2 – I want to work with muted colors. Relying on a bunch of bright colors all the time is not always the most effective way to work.
3 – I do want to continue painting in layers however, I want to have a streamlined system for doing this so I don’t always wonder how to go about getting from beginning to end.


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