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.


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


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.


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.


Another Gallery Post

Gallery post of the Gallery!

So that first gallery post looked pretty good… Using a large size photo in the centre position really uses the space well.

Self Portrait with Glasses & Self

Will experiment with a few photos together…..

My California Art Studio

Still Life with Lilies in process…..

Lately have been missing my studio that I left behind in California to come to Israel….. Thus the header here showing part of the interior, paintings, brushes….

Sonora Studio Interior

This photo was taken on a tidy day!  The screen at left is hiding the work area….ie: the messy side!

Showing the messier side of the studio with still life on easel

This picture shows the studio a little more realistically…..  On the easel is a still life of white lilies.

White Pitcher Still Life on Easel

At the right is the left corner of the studio with 8×10 on my larger pochade box easel.  This painting had TWO buyers at the reception night..luckily one collector was there 10 minutes earlier than the other, so there was only a bit of friendly banter over her having gotten it first…..

White Arum Lilies still life set up in the gallery.

Okay – that is pretty large for the page, but it shows the still life, the oil painting…before it was finished… as well as the gallery corner we were set up in.  Painted this with a few friends – really cool to see how each of us had a different view, different style and medium.

Painting Plein Air in Calaveras County, Calif.

Okay – this is the first time I’ve shown this photo that Diane took of me while we were painting out at Melones Lake…. We were out there to get some small paintings of the California Poppies on the hillsides.  We were on the border of Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties… the sides of the hills were COVERED in solid orange.  It was an extraordinary year for poppies.

Poppies painting on easel.

This shows the view looking east up the valley with the lake below, and the hillside covered with poppies. And my sweet little Guerilla Painters pochade box which I had to leave in California till further notice!!  {sigh….}

Miniature landscape of near Oakdale

Near the end of each year we would have a miniatures show and this was one done down in the valley below Tuolumne County outside the town of Oakdale.  There were rolling hills instead of mountains….grassy meadows dotted with green oak trees.

Have a tiny corner with field easel set up here in my little flat that I’ve painted at several times now….  It’s not quite the same.  Am hoping to get outdoors with my pochade box to paint in October or November when it’s cooler.  There’s so much to paint here…..almost too much!  Lots of movement, lots of colour!  More to come………