This was a grey day and the rain held off till later. I had to move for shelter though which wasn't great for my setup. I couldn't easily be at the same level for painting. I'm usually a few feet lower then my little table so once I moved up out of the rain it was a challenge to keep stepping down to see, then going back to the make my stroke.
This showed me how little my memory works for just those extra seconds to add my stroke, normally I wouldn't need to take this long just a quick glance.
Probably this would be a good exercise to practicing to help my visual memory. I often step back but with but the busy market environment I can't do this as much as I'd like.
The finished piece from last evening.
The auction will start on July 26th.
Wow, this was the hardest session at the market to date. A lot of interest and kind-hearted souls and some nibbles for purchases and then a lot of annoyances. The balance between them was 10 good to 2 bad and which ones did I take on the most, bad of course. I am trying to not take these things personally and I believe and hope I'd be the one missed if I didn't show up for these Thursday markets. I did get an invitation though to do another market on Saturdays so if I have the energy to do both I think a may go for it. I did a lot of chatting and trying to close a sale or two, which is, it seems nearly impossible for me. I would like though to use my Square before the end of the summer, just once.
I set my own arrangement up and my young friend brought his own setup also. The day was pretty gloomy and grey and right at the very end the sun came out a bit. The pattypans were around the market this week so for my own sunny look I put them into my setup. The Sweet Peas were the only flowers to be had but I was thrilled to get them again. This time I tried to define them a little more carefully but keep an overall impression of the bouquet. This photo does not show the final piece but showing the scumbled in stage only or my first painting stage. No sun to work on my dappled sun effect which was what I hoped to work with this week, maybe next week.
These were the biggest black berries I've ever seen and in a blue container to add more cool hues to the setup. Last evening was again very, very busy at the farmers market. The weather has been spectacular for our Thursday markets and everyone seems to be coming out to enjoy their time here.
Since I was starting a little late and had lots of conversations, at the end I was pressed for time to finish this. At a certain point I had to paint and chat at the same time which didn't work for some people as I had my back to them, an interesting tug on my attention ensued.
I haven't been getting the direct sun till almost to the end of the market and I would like to try and have these paintings look more dappled sunlight. This will be my goal for the next couple of market still life setups, however I find it hard to invent this though.
Thursday afternoon/evening was again really, really busy at the farmers market. Had people offering advice on how to paint this and people sneaking photographs, hope it was my good side:)
My young friend was there to help setup the still life and it was again a collaboration. David doesn't go for flowers much so he just cropped them out pretty much. He suggested the cherries and I hung the couple off the container. A nice touch if I can say that. David was leaving earlier then me, so I bought the fruit from him so I could finish. I definitely have my style changing of late and I like what is happening to it. My main design element was an oval just off centre and I have remembered to keep a space opening to let the eye travel through to the background and back again.
To bid on this painting go to this link at my Daily Paint Works gallery. As always the auctions are a very good price to get these works at a most reasonable price the auction will start tomorrow July 12th.
David did a fantastic painting this week and I introduced him to the alla prima techniques to starting a painting and I wouldn't let him use white until he was well into it. He loves his white too much and it has been desaturating all his hues. This has helped maintain rich colours and given him lots of contrasting hues that vibrate against each other. Well done David!
I started this painting a little differently by massing in the dark background then wiped away the areas where I wanted the flowers. These cascading blooms are so full and heavy many were just laying on the moss covered rock below and even on the ground. They were shaded but sun was glinting through as the wind had everything dancing and shimmer.
I just love working on these boards they are very forgiving and the texture adds that pentimento that I like so much. I was able to use transparent staining pigments and still they wiped right off
This has been posted to my Daily Paint Works auction and is going fast at a very good price.
Having been drawing for weeks now in my sketch book as a preliminary step to the portraits, I've decided I like doing graphite so much that I wanted to do something a little different on my day off. Might have to take another day off this weekend and do something else not art related. This was the orchid I purchased a week ago and I've been trying to find time to paint it again but this did not happened yet.
Here I was trying to look at edges and try and get depth to the drawing. Fun stuff!