Friday, January 6, 2017

Day 6: Elements # 6: Stone and Shell

Elements #6: Stone and Shell, 5"x6", studio, oil on gessobord, ©2017 R.L. Delight

This set up was a bit simpler than yesterday's. I must admit, I am enjoying painting these still life paintings. I don't consider myself a still life painter as I much prefer to be painting plein air but it is a nice change of pace. Since I am doing a challenge and want to paint from life, I am working on the still life. I also want to make a few larger paintings with my plein air studies as reference. I will have to wait on that until next month.

I have been using 5"x7" gessobord to paint on. I have a lot of them that I purchased quite a while ago. I thought this would be a good way to use them up. I decided that, if I felt it were needed, I would crop the paintings. This gives me a little room to experiment. I decided to crop this one about an inch to give it a better composition.

At the moment, I am using a limited palette of Transparent Earth Red, Permanent Red Deep, Hansa Yellow Light, Hansa Yellow Deep and Ultramarine Blue. I am using Gamblin's Radiant White for my white at the moment. Not my usual white but I thought I would experiment.

This set up was a bit precarious. Everytime I walked by the shell would wobble and threaten to fall off the top. Here is a picture of the set up in the background. The lighting for the pictures isn't the best. I need to work on my studio lighting this year. I am still unpacking too but I have enough room and light to work!

Off to rest up for tomorrow!


Dana said...

Glad to see you posting again Renee! I am very much taken by the nacreous quality you have imparted to the shell. Do you think the new white helps?

R. Delight said...

Hi Dana, it is good to be posting again, thank you! I am glad you like the nacreaous quality. The white actually doesn't have anymore to do with it than any of the other colors. There are actually quite a few colors in the shell. It has to do more with the variation in color value and chroma. The combination in the right place that is. I also tend to use transparent pigments. I like the new white as it has a nicer brush feel. I would have to really do a test of all the white paint I have to really know how it affects the work. Might be a good thing for me to try. Hope to catch up on my blog reading soon and see what you and my other blogger friends have been up to. Cheers! -Renee

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