|I painted the table itself with new gamboge more to the left where it is lighter and then burnt sienna and alizarin with cobalt added where the table is more shadowed.|
|Here I made a mix of burnt sienna and perm. rose and added the ridges on the shell, defining them more in some places and blurred others.|
|Here's a closeup of the shells. I glazed over the outer edge with new gamboge.|
I felt there was a warm glow on the cloth towards the back on the left so I glazed over the cloth with a mix of new gamboge and permanent rose. This color can also be found in the pot and you can see where I added it above in the next photo.
We are starting a still life in class and I will complete it within the week. I had some difficulty with the paper in that it was soaking up water and drying so fast I could not keep up with it. It could have been the fact that I had a room heater on because my studio is COLD! It might have gotten the air so dry that the paper reacted. Anyway, I decided to add a sponged texture to the background and it seemed to work ok. Next time I work on the painting the heater is not going to be used and I'll see if that makes a difference. Sometimes the sizing isn't right on the paper....I've had this problem before when it was a different time of year, it might not be the heater.
So I masked around the inside perimeter of the pot and the handle and spout plus the upper layer of the tablecloth. Enough so that I can freely paint the background without getting too much on the other parts of the painting. I used a mix of cobalt blue, alizarin crimson, and burnt sienna. This gave a nice plum color. Initially I did it wet on wet and found I had trouble getting it dark enough after multiple applications. So I decided then after it was dry to do another layer wet on dry. I didn't like the paper drying so fast and then while wet I sponged off color on the left side to cover some of the blotches that formed. I made sure I evenly sponged and continued some on the right very lightly to show to continuation in the texture to make it look more intentional.
After all that dried I took off my masking fluid and masked some areas of the pot I wanted to remain white such as many of the highlights. Then I started to paint the handle which is a rich rosewood. I used burnt sienna and some alizarin crimson. I added cobalt (mixed in and/or applied directly) to shadow and darken some areas. I used more burnt sienna than alizarin....careful not to make it too red. I added a touch of gamboge to the middle area of the handle where it seemed highlighted.
For the pot itself I used the same colors....cobalt, alizarin....some gamboge to grey things down. I will continue as I get more finished.