Still Another Still Life
Found the silver bowl in a thrift shop. I'd been looking for shiny things to paint and now have a collection to feed my still life habit...a graceful goblet, a candle stick, and a fabulous silver teapot rescued from layers of tarnish.
Sometimes, it takes hours just to set up the objects and lighting. Although I was painting next to a north light window, I found the most dramatic light when I closed the curtains and used a spotlight. I also placed a sheet of cardboard on the left to cast a shadow. It's like setting a stage for your painting... painting with objects. I often start with a few items then add more after I start painting if the composition needs it. In this case, the blue bottle and the grapes were added a day after.
The flowers are silk. I'd rather paint real flowers, but knowing I would be working on this for a long time, I cheated with fake ones which don't wilt under lights.
Someone mentioned that my plein air landscape paintings have a calming effect... which is the opposite way I feel when racing to finish a painting or sketch in two hours, then I feel tense, focused and alert. I can take as much time as needed with a still life, time slows down, painting in minutes or hours, days or weeks.