12 x 16 oil painting
Today's learning exercise was to create a painting inspired by this gorgeous painting by Frans Mortelmans, 1865-1936. Although not as well know as some of the other expert floral artists, like Fantin-Latour, Mortelmans did leave an exceptional body of work (including other genres beyond florals as well).
This is one of my favorites of his, so I decided to give it a shot. My aim was not so much to replicate it exactly, stroke for stroke, but to paint it using similar colors, shapes and values so I could get a sense of how he was interpreting the scene before him. In painting from another painting, someone has already taken the 3 dimensional world and translated it into the language of paint, so the hard part has already been done for you, but nevertheless there is value to painting it to understand that interpretation.
Below are the steps I took in creating my version of Mortlemans' painting.
|Add table top, after this, lights placed to complete block in |
and then shapes, colors, values, edges refined