Wooden bowl and glasses on cloth
Yesterday was the last session of my current art class with Dawn and Val (who was sadly away with the flu but came in at the end to say goodbye). Dawn brought in and arranged this still life: a turned burr elm bowl with two wine (?) glasses on a patterned pink cloth. It looked great. I took a few shots of it on my compact camera but had forgotten to put the card in so they went onto the internal memory and I cannot find the appropriate cable. Luckily I took one with my phone; it is blurred but better than nothing.
I started with a sketch on a small pad and transferred that to my acrylic paper (at which point another class participant came in and picked up the bowl to look at it; just as well the sketch had enough detail to recreate the position!). I then started by filling in the background with a pick/orange colour to approximate the cloth. The bowl was very difficult. As I’ve said before, I’m not good at representational art and getting the modelling of the bowl so that it looked three dimensional was hard.
The light in the room confused me as well. I was standing and the painting was flat on the desk. I’d got a long way with the bowl when I shifted my point of view and realised that what I thought were dark browns that I’d been laying down were actually greens. The bowl looked more like a camouflaged helmet . Still does a little. Dawn suggested switching to yellow ochre for the lighter areas on the bowl and this helped bring in a bit more definition. This is where I stopped.
I do have a long way to go but I enjoyed doing this and intend to practise on some still lifes at home. I’ve signed up for another class, this time in Nottingham, starting next month and hope I can improve my representational techniques.