It was a very large group of artists and spectators who came to by New Book Signing and Painting Demonstration in Bluffton South Carolina. My New book, “Plein Air Painting for Everyone” shows how easy it can become to paint out doors using a painting knife or brush. The advantages of Plein Air painting are very valuable to the painter. The book may be purchased online from my website or on Amazon.com. For the demo I used Eco-Friendly (Green) paints from M. Graham and a painting knife working from a still life.
The advantages of a demonstration are that the viewers get a deeper understanding of the process of developing a painting in a controlled setting. Verses just seeing a finished painting and wondering how the artist arrived.
The questions and enthusiasm of the audience where appreciated. Signed books are always a novel collectable for artists.
I am playing with lighting and the concept of contemporary still life. Below is my second pear painting. They make a pare.
I wanted to move the eye around the painting with design and composition. Using overlap, values, lighting and color to create form and space. This may be considered a tighter use of painting knives demonstrating a more stippling or sometimes crosshatching of overlapping small knife strokes. No brush was used.
As a painter a lot of my struggles are against myself. Painting takes a lot of discipline. It’s sometimes a bother worth being bothered for to adjust a painting, even after you think it is finished.
This still life of the Pear in the Light I had photographed and uploaded it to my website three times, each time noticing something that needed fixing. So I went back and fixed it. It would have been easier to be lazy and just let it go. What I saw needed adjustment and if not reworked it would have continually annoyed me about the painting. So I fixed the painting and can breath a sigh of relief.
Can anyone else tell if they have had a similar experience?
Still life’s are a lot like plein air painting if you use natural window light as Johannes Vermeer painted with sidelight from a window in his studio. The nice thing is that the light does not change as fast or as noticeably as it does painting plein air. Just look outside and watch how the shadows change as time passes, unless it is an overcast day you may not see much shadowing.
The natural light from a window lighting a still life has a beautiful softness and the colors can be very rich.
American Oil Painter Daryl Urig is a member of The Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and Cincinnati Art Club. He has taught at the University of Cincinnati for over 8 years and is president of Total Media Source Inc.