I did this on the Raymar Linen Panle 6"x8".  This was done totally in traditional oil.  I have to admit Traditional oil are much easier to handle, especially if you are new to painting.  I took the above picture using my iPhone.  Any and all feedback are welcome… Thanks!  Please do visit my blog to see other paintings of mine: www.faisaltariq.com and feel free to leave a comment.

I have put this painting up for sale at Daily Paint Works: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/faisal-tariq/a-basket/194181

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Comment by Faisal Tariq on March 14, 2014 at 13:49

I visited your website,… Nice work Ramya… All you need is more practice and you will see yourself grow by leaps and bound… there are no secrets and shortcuts… just hardwork… Enjoy.

I too have a blog:  www.faisaltariq.com

Comment by Ramya on March 14, 2014 at 10:39

Great , I will try a still life and post it...Check my paintings at artistramya.com

Comment by Faisal Tariq on March 14, 2014 at 8:04

Ramya,  First of all you must have a small still life setup in a shadow box.  This is a must with light from one direction. And then paint the colors you see in the shadow box as your background.  It is good to have some background paint around the object you are painting this way you would gauge the values better.  Also, mix your own black.  I would recommend limited palette and the following would be enough and would serve you very well:  Cadmium Yellow, Titanium White, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber.  You should not have anymore paint than this.  If you want to make a black,  mix Ultramarine Blue with Burnt Umber (equal parts) and you will have a black.  Alizarin Crimson will turn pink if you add White to it, so add Cad Yellow to it and a little bit of white to lower the value, play with it and see... the rest you should be able to handle.  Remmember the Hue of the color is not important at all.  It is the comparitive value i.e. how dark and light the color is in different areas.  As you get good with time you can play with color temperature and offcourse you will find that you will get the hue correct.  So when you are painting don't worry about the color so much (get into the ball part of the Hue you are aiming at) make sure you get the lightness and darkness of the colors correct... that should be your goal and you will have beautiful paintings in no time. 

Comment by Ramya on March 14, 2014 at 7:31

Thanks Faisal , sure should you paint the background first before starting the painting and also how some art shows the background as black , should i use black for background

Comment by Faisal Tariq on March 14, 2014 at 5:17

Thanks Ramya for your comment. 

You can do it, it takes practice and start with small paintings and single objects, like an orange, a bottle etc.  Make sure you have nice single light source and most of all use limited palette. Do lots of painting, just for the sake of practice on small 6"x8" boards or 5"x 7" boards.  Keep things small so that you can practice a lot and complete things in a couple of days spending no more than a couple of hours a day. It is the mileage you put on your brush and canvas that will help you move forward.  Let me know if you need help... I will be more than happy to help. Thanks


Comment by Ramya on March 14, 2014 at 2:11

This is so beautiful , I have trouble doing still life :(

Comment by Faisal Tariq on March 9, 2014 at 4:15

Thank John,  Yes! I like doing still life, because the lighting conditions don't change and subjects don't move.  However, I do enjoy landscapes and portraits as well,… but these are something I am developing my skills in.

Comment by John N Blank on March 8, 2014 at 16:32

Like this a lot Faisal. Do you enjoy doing still-life's? By the looks of this I would believe that you do.

Comment by Ramari Tauroa-Tibble on January 24, 2014 at 16:20

Wow, that is beautiful!!!

Comment by Faisal Tariq on January 18, 2014 at 14:59
Thanks Carol.


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