Friday, September 25, 2015

Light Play

Light Play, 11x14" oil, Diane Mannion

Interior Landscapes

Another still life painted from life in the studio... an interior landscape.   This one took a long time to set up.  Kept changing pots and flowers.  First arrangement had a clump of tiny yellow flowers in the green bowl on the left, but by the next morning they had wilted and shriveled.  Easily revived them for another painting.  

Had tiny white flowers in the amber glass bottle until I found a fresh bunch of alstroemeria at the market.  Just used one flower here, the rest are waiting for the next painting. 

The blue ribbon was added later and painted flat but wasn't working visually.  Scraped it off and repainted a twisted version which helped the composition by leading the eye in from the left.

Played with the flow of light, like water, across the painting.  Used plenty of Naples yellow which matched the color of the pot on the right.  Started with natural north light, but constantly passing clouds kept changing everything.  Finally closed the curtain and worked with a spotlight. 


Wendy Barrett said...

A great still life Diane! The amber reflection is absolutely gorgeous!

Diane Mannion said...

Thanks, Wendy! Having fun with these still lifes, glad you like the reflection. It's all good practice for plein air or anything else, training the hand and eye, working with paint and tools. I'll catch up with you later.