Until the end of December, my Monday morning posts are about noticing blessings and things I am thankful for receiving. Due to my schedule this week, I am posting on Sunday instead.
What I am noticing is that I often take action when I am feeling blessed. For example, I am thankful for the local apples and pears we have been devouring over the last couple of weeks. So good! In fact, good enough to want to put a few in a new still life painting.
First, let’s set everything up and take a photograph or sixty just for fun. The painting will be from a different perspective but this gives us the idea…
Image available for purchase HERE.
Now for the beginning of the still life painting.
It is hard to see but the whole canvas has a light wash to tone down the white and then I just begin to find the shapes and colour relations not really worrying about the final result too much at all. Things will change and move around with time and light. The idea is just to get started somewhere.
Working wet-on-wet or alla prima I continue to build up the paint on this roughed in start. The minutes slip by and eventually the painting time can be counted in a few hours…
I must quit now. There is a meeting. There is super and then the full moon pushes against the fog and sleep arrives under the night sky. In the morning I push on. I set it to “rest” and have some breakfast. I make a few edits. The day passes into night and I make few more edits on the still-wet oil painting, until …
PITCHER APPLES PEARS on a 16 x 20 inch canvas
We now have a study of whites and how they are always leaning towards one colour or another. The tastes, smells and texture of this still life have slid onto the canvas. For this magic of creative process I am thankful.
Now to clean up the studio but before we do, one last shot…
Some of the pears and apples have been eaten. The brushes have been clean and the paint on the palette is drying but it is all still here.
May your Sunday be rejuvenating and bring a sense of awareness and comfort.
What blessings do your actions tell you that you are noticing?
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Creative Potager – Visit with painter and photographer Terrill Welch
From Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada
For gallery and purchase information about Terrill’s photographs and paintings go to http://terrillwelchartist.com
- Alla Prima: An Artist’s Race (paigeclarkfc.wordpress.com)
- Plums Apples and Mostly Sunflowers still life painting (terrillwelchartist.com)
- Blackberries Golden Plums Transparent Apple Still Life Painting (terrillwelchartist.com)
- Golden Plums An Apple And A Green Vase Still Life Painting (terrillwelchartist.com)