8x10 oil on panel...i wanted to give this workshop one more shot. used a different white vessel, added a green apple and a cutie (small nectarine) and some left-over lime slices. i was really trying to use more paint, put down a stroke and leave it...(so hard for me)..i managed it in some places but then i'd find myself noodling a bit...ah well...

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Comment by susie gregory on March 29, 2012 at 6:17

did you leave a comment and it disappeared through a computer glitch?  or maybe you left it on my revised photo?..anyway - thanks for your thoughts! heading for the golf course!!!

Comment by susie gregory on March 27, 2012 at 1:29

thanks nancy!..i'm  never sure if things come across with my camera.

Comment by Nancy Sands on March 26, 2012 at 17:40
I wish I could " use more paint, put down a stroke and leave it" as beautifully as you did here. This painting is just delicious.
Comment by susie gregory on March 26, 2012 at 9:15

thanks stephanie...i struggle all the time with overworking...i am determined to do better!  and i can't wait to fix that ellipse...just haven't had time to get to the studio - too much early spring and yardwork in indiana!!

Comment by Stephanie Burgess on March 26, 2012 at 7:46

Nice  Susie!  I  am finally beginning to understand why it might be better not to blend so much all of the time.  I really like seeing the strokes in this painting.  The reflection of the green apple looks great.  I see what you are talking about with the elipse being off, but somehow, it doesn't take away from the beauty of this. 

Comment by susie gregory on March 26, 2012 at 2:43

li - that's what this is all about...i bounce around so much - when i see something or some method i'd like to try i just do it...often with no success..but the more we paint the better we get...i will be 67 in july and have been drawing and painting most of my life...and i still have so far to go!!!...but isn't this a fun ride to be on????

Comment by Ningning Li on March 25, 2012 at 8:37

Susie, Very good try of limited strokes. I failed to do it as I do not know how to do it on my yellow green vase. As the vase is not a stroke a value I had to compromize by  not  doing it on my oranges. Sank into my own way of painting.

Next one will learn from you, no matter how ever just try it, or I will never be able to learn the new tricks.

Comment by susie gregory on March 25, 2012 at 2:46

i noticed richard uses a synthetic brush a lot - i have a lot of bristle brushes - good for landscape work - but for figurative and some stilllife i think you need a bit more control - i still am trying not to overwork..richard schmidt says to go very slowly - get the first color right and then relate everything to that going forward.  easier said than done, in my opinion! - the most important thing for me is to try and use more paint.  i'm such a hoarder...it's really an effort to put out a lot of paint because i hate to waste anything...it leads me sometimes to slop paint around a the end just to use it up and perhaps it's not the right color or temperature.  i know i've come a long way but i have so much farther to go!!!..plus i'm sure my camera doesn't show the juiciness of my paintings .. don't quite know what to do about that!....btw - looking at this just now, i've noticed i don't have the elipsis on the top of the vessel right - i wanted to get one more try in and probably rushed....at least i can look at it and know it's wrong...so that's a good thing!!

Comment by Gina Dalkin-Davis on March 24, 2012 at 16:49

Hi Susie ... I like your brush strokes. Something that I strive for but always seem to miss. How do you load your brush with paint? Gina.


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