Instead of painting from photograph I am beginning to use still life. This is bringing me back to my days in college. A pretty backdrop. A bright lamp and a box. I just cut the top and front off a box. I draped a table cloth over it, And bam, perfect still life.
I dislike drawing and painting from photos. You will not get the color and lighting as well with photo, photos are flat, Boring and inconsistent. But, sometimes it’s your only option.
Oil paints are something I love, but there are still some challenges that I face through the painting process. Solving these puzzles and pressing through the challenges is one of my favorite things about painting in the studio. Creating a still life gives me an advantage, it puts me in control of my painting and composition. The lighting and color is beautiful and natural. 3 dimensional in a way that photos are not. I hope you enjoy these glimpses into my studio. I enjoy sharing them. 🙂
This Painting was done on a wooden panel. I love the texture I got from this painting. It’s much more expressive. I’m going to paint on a few more wooden panels today. I’ll be sure to post them a bit later.
The thing that keeps me going is finding artwork that inspires me beyond my own expectations. to see something so epic, and surreal, that my mind is taken to new places. Today I found an artist, that actually made me have to stop and waste several hours of my day staring at image after image. Michael Cheval is a surrealist painter that paints beautiful realistic portraits, but also with surrealist qualities. He has several other paintings which are all arranged into different series that represent a specific theme; Nature of absurdity, illusion of absurdity, sense of absurdity, and several other themes. The themes are strange, to say the least, but still seem very appropriate and traditional. Almost as though they were taken from some fictional history book. there is no real way for me to identify or describe this artwork. You must see it for yourself. I am in awe of what some people can do with a paintbrush.