Monday, May 19, 2008

Still Life with Stawberries I, oil on gessoboard

" Still Life with Strawberries I "
I have been working on larger paintings for two summer shows and neglecting my dailies! I miss the good feeling I get from finishing a little 6x6 and writing a post. What I enjoyed most about the strawberries was studying how they are structured..the surface pits, each with a seed...and how to capture that in paint without getting too knit-picky! I used a "wipe-out" tool to lift paint here and there, a very fast way to achieve some detail. I actually painted this in less time, too.

You can enlarge the image by clicking on it.


theresamillerwatercolors said...

yum! these look really delicious! come back to geneva for visit!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Hi Teresa, I was in Geneva in 1972, a college student traveling for 5 months in Europe. Those were the days! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Katie May said...

I love doinh strawberries...How on earth do you do that waffle weave? I would be totally lost!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Hi Katie Mae,
Ahh, the waffle weave. Well, it is really just a matter of laying in the dark patches, then the lighter color..then going back with more dark patches, bumping up the lightest areas, kind of a dance of back and forth. I also take paint off with whatever shape tool I need for effect (painting knife, wipe-out tool, brush handle, finger, etc.) Always, I put down the darks first..if you put the lights in first you will lighten the darks where they meet. The darks are thin paint, the lights progressively thicker. I think beginning painters are afraid to keep going and quit too soon before patches of other colors/values are added that give depth and texture. Click on the strawberries to see enlarged view and brushstrokes. Pretty loose and not all that detailed. I don't have patience for tight detail.
You can always wipe paint off if you go too far. I let some shapes go beyond where I want them, too, and then come back in with adjoining color to redefine (like putting sky holes in a mass of trees). Hope this helps. Thanks for visiting!

E. Floyd said...

I love the deep, rich reds offset by the delicate light blues! Beautiful!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Elizabeth.
I have been using a new brush by Robert Simmons "Titanium". Love them. The number 4 bright is perfect for these 6x6 panels. After the block in I switch to sables (in order to lay on the deep reds, the sables don't lift the wet paint underneath.

christine mercer-vernon said...

hi jennifer, i'm so behind on my blogs lately! this is just lovely, when i first saw it i was really blown away by those strawberries, then i saw the waffle weave of the towel....fabulous!! i love how you kept your brushstrokes so loose yet the painting appears much tighter, i know how difficult that is, yet you made it look so easy!!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks Christine, I do strive to keep loose, or at least the appearance of loose. I think what helps me along that path is that I have no patience to sit there and obsess. Not that I don't obsess in other ways.... I am also trying to use big brushes and their edges, sides etc instead of reaching for small brushes.