It may not appear so, but spent a lot of time on the eggs, the shells and the tablecloth. The changes are very delicate and subtle. I think I may have over warmed the bowl and it will need more work yet as well as the teapot and background. This will be the last post of this one before the finished painting, even this one may be a bit boring at this point. I want to wish everyone a Happy Holiday as well.
This is about one week into this painting, now working on the subtle changes in the whites. It is important that the painting is dry as I work on these values. It is a slow process and demands a lot of patience, but hopefully in the end it will be rewarding. Using a lot of lead white, small amounts of azurite and malachite mixed into some of the shadows.
Been laying in color. since this is essentially all white on white the value transitions are very subtle, as a result it is a painstakingly slow process. I tweaked the composition a bit by adding the broken egg shells to give the composition a little more balance. So far I have worked on this for five days including the initial drawing. I also have a second painting started as well. I have been using all hand ground pigments with the exception of cobalt violet, the rest of my palette is make up of pretty traditional colors. I am using lead white mixed with poppyseed oil because it really gives a close to pure white pigment.
This is a new painting started yesterday on a good 16 x 20 canvas. Spent a good deal of time on the arrangement and finished the initial drawing. Still did some tweaking of it this morning as I was laying in color. Now I am simply trying to get the canvas covered. I will post more from this as I progress. Have made a commitment for now to paint only from life, tired of working from sketches, memory and photographs, time to get real.