Friday, January 14, 2011

This Week's Still Life - Soup Pot, Onions

More oil practice! I feel that with oils, the painting doesn't come together until the very end. For the first hour or so I feel like, OMG, how the heck is this ever going to come together?! Am I doing this right?! With watercolor I tend to be more deliberate right from the beginning. It has to look right, straight away. It doesn't seem to be that way for oils. Is this just me?


Heather said...

beautiful still life you have created! xxoo have a great weekend!

Andreea said...

I absolutely love your blog and your drawing and rendering style! Your "when I was a stupid kid" stories are hilarious :)

Sadami said...

Dear Tiffanny,
I love your ongoing oil work that already shows the value confidently, polished metal,onions and reflections. Great. What a hardworker you are!
Cheers, Sadami

Ted Blackman said...

When I painted with oils, the painting NEVER seemed to come together. So I'm very impressed with your still lifes.
I cut my teeth on acrylics and gouache, and the super-quick drying time of those mediums taught me a method of working with paint that never translated to oils. Tried it a few times but always returned to my acrylic comfort zone. Kind of wish I started in oils first, though.

tiffannysketchbook said...

Heather, thanks! I did have a great weekend!

Andreea, so nice :) Thank you sincerely.

Sadami, I'm glad it appears confident because it's definitely not. I am very tentative and scared oil painter. Thank you for your visits and comments!

Ted, I like the idea of learning to gouache. I have tried it before but had much much difficulty. Maybe I will someday find a method that works :) Maybe you can give me a tip or two?

Ted Blackman said...

Tiffanny, I don't know if I have any tips that would help. Gouache is the most delicate and refined paint made, and working with it is a real challenge because it is not forgiving at all, but with practice and patience the results can be stunning. One thing that will annoy first-timers is the way you can't keep modeling the same area with your brush because the layers below it will start to come up and be removed, which is maddening, but once you figure out the process, it's just beautiful. Most gouache paintings are small because of the delicate nature of the paint.
I talk big though, I haven't painted in gouache in years, mostly in art school.

tiffannysketchbook said...

Ted, I am attracted to difficult mediums because it gives me a bigger sense of accomplishment if I "get it". "working with it is a real challenge because it is not forgiving at all" - thems fighting words. Now I REALLY wanna try it again!
Hopefully I will have time to squeeze in a new thing to my already completely booked free time.

You already gave me a good tip though, work small. That is a good place for me to start :)

Ted Blackman said...

You already have the watercolor chops, and you can ease into gouache by painting transparently rather than opaquely. If I remember correctly, Gouache is a challenge because it is pure pigment with very little binder or vehicle in it, which explains why it lifts up so easily from the painted surface after drying.
If I would suggest anything, start with a limited palette: white, black, and earth tones. Much easier to control in the beginning.