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

Postby CarlOwen » Tue Nov 24, 2015 1:37 pm

OK fellow artists, It is time for me to attack the dreaded "Still Life" painting. My attitude in this regard is "Ugh." So, why do it? The learning my friends, the learning. It is such a long way from thinking about doing something and the actual doing of that something. Unless you do it you cannot experience it. Without the experiencing there is not that finality of having learned how to do it. I am a little preachy today, but I sometimes go there as I am forming thoughts about doing something new. I have never done a still life painting, have not been interested in doing one, and have not seen a need to do one; until now. So, do I give it the approach of Renoir, Titan, Homer, Van Gough, or my way by starting out not having a clue about how it is going to turn out? Because we all know the answer to this silly question. I am now posting the starting point. You have seen this one before, but it is still the starting point. Of course I welcome any suggestions, comments and critiques along the way.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Wed Dec 02, 2015 6:38 pm

OK guys, this is how it is. My wife has health issues. There are life issues, etc. So, been a little busy taking care of health and business issues. And on top of that, this popped up and demanded attention before I could start the still life's. I have learned to attend when such a thing happens.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby Creativity Corner » Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:33 pm

Looks pretty good to me!

All the best for next to come.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby Singular » Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:22 pm

Hey Carl,

Sorry to hear that your wife is having health problems. Hope she is well soon.

all the best,
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Thu Dec 03, 2015 9:14 am

Thank you Bhavna. Thanks Joe. She is on the mend, so to speak.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Fri Dec 04, 2015 9:32 pm

Thanks Elizabeth. I could say more, but it would only be rambling, so simply, thank you.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Sun Dec 06, 2015 4:59 pm

Well, working on 'Life is Good II'. Seems to be another first for me. No models, no pictures, no physical references and no copying. Just came about from mind to hand to canvas. I know it looks sparse, but all those stems will contain flowers and leaves.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:02 am

Thank you. Yes, the learning is quite the experience, well worth the effort.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby GaleriasdeArte » Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:35 pm

Congrats Carl

Love how you show us the process to draw the lady in your first painting. It also has a realistic look and great tips.

Thanks for sharing.

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

Postby ehoeveler » Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:51 pm

You've already breathed life with your sweeping branches. Not only that, I know you'll be able to put in
amazing highlights with the vases. This picture Will pulsate! E
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:53 pm

Thank you Rodrigo. I am glad I can touch, entertain, and help other artists. Elizabeth, your vote of confidence demands I perform. Thank you.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby ehoeveler » Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:55 pm

Got yer back...
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby yoli » Sun Dec 13, 2015 5:10 pm

First off, I hope that your blushing bride is feeling much better. Second, please tell me how you created the grid? While I like both still life drawings I am more drawn ( no pun intended ) to the second one
it is more delicate , the first is a bit busy for my taste. E. is correct in that the second piece leans it self to wonder light! and I have no doubt you will do an amazing job on it Sir Carl!

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

Postby CarlOwen » Sun Dec 13, 2015 5:40 pm

Oh, Yolanda, Yolanda, how I wish I could respond at this moment. Thank you. I am in the belly of the dragon as I call it. Got three paintings appearing before me. Cannot stop but for a potty break and to not ignore you. Busy. There will come a day when you put a Capital S on sir. I look forward to that day I earn it. Gotta go. I don't know which one has more demand to be born.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:37 pm

It is shut down time now. It snowed today. May be able to use the road tomorrow. Did I miss something or did you capitalize the S in sir in this post? No matter really, just tired. I will answer your question about my grid method tomorrow.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Mon Dec 14, 2015 3:01 pm

Break time. Hi Yolanda. The grid thing. On the edges of a 16 by 20 inch canvas I place thumb tacks every 2" and string a black thread back and forth to produce the two inch squares. I choose a picture and Photoshop it to print as an 8 by 10 picture that I then print. I draw one inch grids on that paper printed picture. With adroit skill and consummate knowledge (if only that were true) I draw the picture onto the canvas. Once the drawing is done I remove all the threads and thumb tacks. I then take a picture of the drawing for saving and possibly future unknown purposes.

After I have photographed the drawing, I start painting. Sometimes I spray a light varnish coat to protect the drawing from smearing when painting, sometimes not. It has to be varnish, not acrylic spray as acrylic sometimes causes the oil paint to crack up like an old 200+ year old painting. I hope this answers your question.

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

Postby CarlOwen » Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:32 pm

Hi again. Been working. I am going to try to post these pictures as they were done. May make a few mistakes in the sequence, but I am used to making mistakes. I am OK with that, as the alternative to making mistakes is not making mistakes which means I am doing nothing. Simply not possible.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:49 pm

Back to Life is Good.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:55 pm

Back to selling jewery. Back and forth, back and forth. I think I am either now having a mental melt down or explosion, at least a full blown manic episode.
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Re: How do you put life into a "Still Life"?

Postby CarlOwen » Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:02 pm

In this step I blended all the sharp shaded division to present how light uniformly moves from light to shadow.
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