I posted some of the set up pictures I was playing around with on Richard's post last week and after about a week of dilly dallying (and trying to get over strep) I have finally been able to paint the past few days. I love oil painting. It is so therapeutic and it is when I have been away that I realize how precious creative time is in the studio.
This is an assignment for a class I am in - set up a still life, have a strong notan, try to maintain the meat of that strong notan by no more than 4 values - compressing as needed. We also had to do value studies and notans of some of the old masters still life paintings. It is great fun and even people who aren't usually enthusiastic are very much enjoying the value studies of their favorite master still life paintings.
I won't bore you with the endless set up and stages of this painting in progress - this is where I am at day 3 - I am at the refinement stage so need to finish my silver (I do not want to draw attention there so there is some finesse required) - I also need to work on shapes and chroma and then finally, the highlights.
as usual, comments welcome - I have the finished painting in my head - here is hoping I get close to realizing my vision.