With the cold winter still in effect my basement studio has been a nice place to explore experiences other than plein air landscapes.
Painting”alla prima” still life paintings is one fun way to challenge myself during this time. I often work this way on small 5″ x 7″ canvases primarily to keep myself “in the paint”.
This week’s been spent in that realm of creating. I’ve also gone ahead and repeated the same still life on slightly larger canvases for additional practice. Subsequent versions always teach me something that I missed on the first go around!
Something else occurred to me through this process. In my pile of canvases lies an elongated format canvas that’s 12″ x 24″. I haven’t really felt like I’ve known where to go with it. What came to me was to join 2 of the 5″ x 7″ canvas panels to replicate an elongated space on which to practice a composition. I also knew I’d come away with an interesting small format oil painting that might be great on it own.
A little more than half way done.
** I wish I had taken a few more
intermediate snap shots for my own record. Oh well!
I added a few more “grape” notes to carry
the scene across and off the edge of the canvas.
I really like the outcome and look forward to beginning
again on the 12″ x 24″ canvas. I think I have a
great internal reference to go forward as part of this process.