|Red Rose Blue Willow
12 x 12
This is a larger version of the study I did a week or so ago from the still life set up in the Robert Johnson workshop I recently took at the Easton Studio and School in Easton Maryland. The flowers were good practice as part of my ongoing flower study challenge but actually the Blue Willow sugar bowl was the most fun to paint. You are always straddling a fine line between including enough detail to suggest reality, but not so much to be precisely literal. It's also always amazing that you can create the illusion of a 3 dimensional object on a 2 dimensional canvas.
Painting the container requires the same approach as the flowers- get the big shape first, then describe the form ( by depicting light and shadow) and after that is established you can get to the decoration or small details.