Process of Painting a Still Life in Oils

Here is a sequence of photos showing some of the process of painting a still life.  The inspiration was some fresh eggplant (purples) little orangey-yellow peppers, a spring green collander and white garlic with purple stripes.  A plaid and a striped cloth were chosen, and a bottle of olive oil set at the back…

Below shows my view of the still life set up and the under-painting started in order to establish placement of objects and dark and light values.

Under-painting.

Below is a close-up of the canvas after adding some of the local colour across the painting.

Close-up.

Now the canvas is quite close to being finished.  All items have local colour and once the cloth and background are done, we can start thinking about a frame.

Almost…….

Gave it a dark background in order for the cloth to pop.  Edibles are still not very pronounced.

Background and shadows in.

Here’s a larger picture below showing the finished painting with all the highlights on the vegetables, and shadows on the cloth.

Highlights in.

Super close-up of one section of the painting.  The orangish outlines are the under-painting still showing through. This is done in order to keep the adjacent colours from smearing into each other as you drag the brush by.  It also creates a vibration of colour next to colour.

Close-up showing just a section of the painting.

Here it is hanging in the Gallery.  Decided to not frame it after all.  And it looks good with the other two wrap around canvases along the top row.

Hanging in the Gallery.

 

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