New painting: Lemons and limes on a painted table

BigDaddyLH

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Yes, it is! But I thought I'd give it a try anyway.

I think it's one where a great source photo has transferred into a good but "interesting" painting, but not really in the way I'd expected it too.

I get criticism about breaking the "rules" of still life painting quite a lot. But I'm fine with breaking the rules and with the criticism. I like to try things.

And I'm looking forward to the epitaph:

"Here lies Grant. He occasionally played fast and loose with the conventions of still life painting."

And people will look down at my grave and gasp: "Wow, what a guy."




. . . . it's early.

Curious ... you sometimes (?) paint from photos? Do you change things? For example, if you wanted to omit the drawer in the still life, could you do that, or is it "it's in the photo, so it's in the painting"?

Really not criticising, just wondering about the process. 🤔
 

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Very nice.
Love the worn milk paint (?) table.
Thanks.

I don't know what milk paint is. It's white paint that is designed to "distress" over time. But my belly has worn it away a bit faster than the manufacturers intended, I think.
 

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Curious ... you sometimes (?) paint from photos? Do you change things? For example, if you wanted to omit the drawer in the still life, could you do that, or is it "it's in the photo, so it's in the painting"?

Really not criticising, just wondering about the process. 🤔
I always work from photos. I can't draw from life at all.

With something like this, I will take a lot of photos in one session, then come back to them over several months and choose which ones to paint.

I do sometimes change small things. But I leave the major things, as the reason I'm doing the painting is that that I liked the photo in the first place.

Also, if you remove/replace something it affects the light and reflections around it. I'm not skilful enough to deal with those kinds of changes.

In this case, if I removed the drawer, I suppose it could have worked. Not much of a major change. It might have even improved the painting. But I was curious to see how it would look.
 




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