This is my second Oil painting on a readymade 12x12" canvas. Based on suggestions from my earlier introduction post, picked up still life(?) photo i found online. Took roughly 14 hours for this
Challenges faced :
Drawing is not exactly free hand, i had to take critical measurements of key points for getting the shape right (even though the shape is simple, my first attempt at free hand drawing was not good)
I'm not sure if its the problem of the canvas or the orientation of surface texture of the canvas, i had difficulty in making the paint 'stick' to the surface. (my last painting on canvas paper had no such issues)
Some colors are very off (from source), though the color of the tea is intentionally different. The uniformity of the color is a WIP (i have touched semi wet paint and screwed it up)
Do not have detail brushes with me, the smallest i have is No.1 rounded brush. So, i had to remove some details from source, (once i have them, i'll try to add the details)
Okay enough talk, paining below
Criticism and comments appreciated. Should i call this done? or add details and improve the painting further?
Also, please suggest next steps on improving what aspects of art. ( cannot draw by imagination, can only copy )
It has been a while since I posted. My woodworking got me into a good art fair this summer and my artistic energies were directed there. Now I'm taking an oil painting class. We will be exploring a variety of techniques. Mark's lessons about mixing and handling paint so far have been invaluable. Also, until now, I was using all Geneva paints. For the class we're using Gamblin paints with painting medium. The pigment load of the Geneva paints is appreciated even more now.
The first project was a 12 x 16 still life value study on a panel in black and white. The second was a 16 x 20 still life of mostly blues also on a panel. We are given leeway, indeed encouraged, to modify the scene and colors as we choose.
Good news. I just have to tell someone. I found out today that I have been selected as a finalist in the Henry Jones Art Hotel Art Prize. I'm so pleased! The prize is worth $20,000 and is open only to developing artists - not to successfully established artists who have already won major competitions. So that's a plus but there are 55 finalists so it's a big field and therefore it's unlikely that I will win. But it's nice to be selected and it's something else to put on the artist's CV. Also a good opportunity to sell another painting. I also got an invoice from the gallery today - they sold another of my small early paintings. I'll only get about $400 out of it by the time the gallery gets its cut and I subtract what I paid for the frame but every little bit helps.
Thanks to all here for your support over the last couple of years since I started painting and for helping me learn how to paint a half decent picture. And a very big thank you to Mark.