Well... I started out all enthusiastic even though I knew early on I wouldn't be painting in an ideal situation. But from reading the posts I know I'm not the only one, so I decided to just jump in.
I am set up in half a spare bedroom and got the 5000k lights but realized I couldn't position my easel and seating properly. So...plan B decided to try painting by natural light. There are two large northwest windows in this room and it is usually always overcast where I live. I felt like I was able to balance the whites when I used the color checker against the little block with the square of paint on it so I went ahead. I have black behind me and black behind the still life. Using the proportional divider (love that tool) I sketched this still life on a 16x20 canvas.
I quickly decided that I really needed to work with a less complicated set-up. Found a sale on a 10 pack of 8x10 canvases and decided to work small while I learned how to do this. Now I grabbed a coffee mug and some candy and started sketching and mixing paint. I watched the videos and felt pretty successful mixing the paint for the background, the table top and the Hershey's kisses. Then, I quickly came to the conclusion that I shouldn't have picked a red coffee mug. I mixed and mixed and made a mess and had a big pile of paint and came close to giving up... I went out and got a tube of Cad Red and think I got it! There is still a lot to do and I need to take a photo of my set up (it changed slightly because the cat jumped in it).
But here are a couple of photos in progress.
All the reflections, highlight, shadows aren't in yet.
I need to clean up edges.
I'm having some challenges working wet in wet, (any suggestions).
I thought I could use baby oil to clean my brushes (then read the post that said I shouldn't).
I didn't mix enough paint (except for the wrong reds). I need to remix background and tabletop so I can clean up around the candy.
Can I scrape the part of the back ground off that might have baby oil in it and repaint?
I think the top rim looks wonky on the left side. What's off?
Any other suggestions or things I might not be seeing?
I'm grateful for any input.