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How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby yoli » Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:10 am

Hello Carl, I did Capitalize the S in Sir.

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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:30 am

Thank you. Coming from you it is an honor. I am going to post a few more progress steps now.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:35 am

I finished the green part on Selling at the Governor's Palace before I started using it on the Life is Good II painting. I just wanted to finish the green on the blanket to see it before I moved on.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:39 am

Now for Life is Good II.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:49 am

I post my pictures as large as possible so folks can download them to study whenever and if ever they want to. I am not concerned about copy right stuff because every computer keeps a date time stamp in the properties of the hidden files. Besides that, there is an art production center a little southwest of Beijing, China that routinely rips off online work anyway. What a hoot it would be to see one of my works posted for sale somewhere as a forgery. Moving on. Going to paint some more today. Got three more days before I stop painting and do some serious studio cleaning. I am starting to trip over stuff. Don't know how long that will take because of the holidays, parties and friends.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:22 pm

Updating the Selling at the Governor's Palace.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby jenn_iam » Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:24 pm

Looking great Carl! :)
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:25 pm

Changed the stucco wall to what is really there. Sometimes artistic license doesn't work as well as the real thing.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby jenn_iam » Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:26 pm

Like the perspective capture of the flooring... The Stucco; marbling in the lower part is nicely applied too.. :)
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:29 pm

Thanks Jennifer. I have so much left to do. Well, it does beat doing a Still Life. I will get back to that as soon as I figure out what my next step should be with those two paintings.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby jenn_iam » Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:31 pm

I feel ya!, Stills are not my "thing" too much either...LOL But I have to say, both of yours are coming along nicely. :)
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:37 pm

Again, thank you. It is snowing here again. Looks like we are stuck for about two days. I know how to drive in snow. There are some in this city who do not. Well, almost all of them. Best way I can figure out how not to get hit is to stay off the roads until the snow is gone. So, going to be painting a lot. Have a good evening Jennifer.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:28 am

Well, it appears that my next step was a step backwards. When the background dried, it went flat. These two paintings with the backgrounds as they were are simply DOA. So, after deciding I did not like what I was looking at, It took me a day to "fix it". I made the illusion of light on the wall more dramatic by making stronger blended color exchanges. I also used a stiff flat brush with thick paint application to give texture to the blending so that real light would bounce around on the painting. When these dry again I will take the next step forward.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby Frank Joseph » Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:39 am

I really like those two backgrounds, especially the color of the first one. Can´t wait to see them finished.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby jenn_iam » Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:55 pm

I like the backgrounds... Im drawn more to the amber tones in the first one... but I don't think you are off track, with them... if you could add a simalir variance of light to the green one.. you might like it better.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Fri Jan 08, 2016 3:13 pm

Thank you Frank. First for checking in on what I am doing and second for your comments.

And thank you Jennifer for the same thing and for finally considering me to be an artist worthy of your attention. I appreciate you observations, critiques and comments. I think you will be surprised about how the green background is not highlighted like the amber one is. Well, at least I hope so. Could say more, but it would be boring.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Sun Jan 10, 2016 4:48 pm

Next. At this stage, I somehow feel I have been sent back to Painting 101. Have to think a bit about how to liven this up. Maybe it depends on the flowers. Just don't know yet.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Sun Jan 10, 2016 5:26 pm

Well, this one reminds me of a 1920's something parlor in a house in the red light district of Portland, Oregon. It attempts to present the appearance of sophistication without any clue as to what sophistication is. It has to dry before I can go back in and "fix it". If anyone thinks I am hard on them when I make comments, just know this is the family friendly version of how I am critiquing myself at the present time.

Fortunately, I have ran out of time today and now must attend to life stuff business. I am making a batch of BBQ ribs for tonight's dinner. Tomorrow I must do the medical tests run for and with Lois and a little shopping. So it will be a day or two before I return to painting. Oh yes, I have to spend some more time studying Frank's latest still life. Such a magnificent painting.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby ehoeveler » Sun Jan 10, 2016 8:45 pm

You know what to Do!
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby jenn_iam » Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:04 pm

Oh now. the cascading floral is a nice breakup... I like that much better.. look forward to its progression.
Hope your BBQ went well. :)
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