I have been enjoying working on my Moleskine sketchbook and getting down new ideas for potential paintings. Some ideas have been coming to mind, and instead of going to the kitchen and setting up a still life, I sit down to put what I'm thinking on paper. As I have said before, I am not the type of artist who draws and plans for paintings, but in the recent past I have started to enjoy the process of drawing and its use towards painting. Even if a final piece does not come of it, it is still a great exercise for the brain. It keeps me aware of possibilities and brings new found energy to painting. I would love to see these drawings come alive on canvas or panel and color, but I also like the spontaneous look of them that I just want to keep them as they are. I guess if I do decide to make paintings out of these sketches I will have to work loosely to capture the moment of the drawing.
I would love to make a painting of this drawing, this much I can admit. This still life will have a festive feel with the reds of the tomatoes and the golden tones of the onions I will be using. What will add a punch of color to this composition is the kitchen towel in witch the pan sits on. This towel has stripes of blue, green and yellow running horizontally. These cool colors will be great compliments to the warm hues of the tomatoes and onions. I'm also excited about this future painting because it was an idea taken from a previous one I did in 2005, Onion on Bowl.
I love the use of drapery in still life painting. It adds a different dimension and movement; and activates the area of the painting where the ledge of a table sits without any visual interest. The best example of a painter using this device is Chardin!
This sketch was made recently after the painting was finished; at least that's what I thought. I had to make this diagram and point out the things I needed to fix in the painting after a critique with Miss Gillot. All I can say guys...She's a tough one! Small changes have been made since then but I think I can fine tune it a bit more.
This is a quick sketch of two California Peaches I'm planning on using in a larger still life. I'm excited about this one because it will be an ode to Chardin. I'm not sure when I'm going to have the guts to do it since by making such a work I am almost comparing myself to him, and I have a long way to go before I or any one can do that.