14 x 8" Oil on Canvas

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Comment by Patricia Patterson on February 25, 2012 at 19:39

Just love this.  The orange colours, and the lights on the articles you have, and how you have displayed them.

Comment by Kathleen Theriault on February 25, 2012 at 15:40

If this is the next challenge I can't wait to get started!

Comment by Xiao Li on February 25, 2012 at 10:11

Richard, do we get to see how you painted this one and the one below?  They are so amazing, so bright.  I specially like the blue color inside the the flat container (I don't know what to call it), and the reflection of the blue on the pot.  Just love it.

Comment by Merewyn Heath on February 25, 2012 at 5:21

Wow -  I find both of these paintings particularly beautiful. The colors across the surfaces, reflections and shadows, seem to glow. The harmony appears masterful and the strokes maintain movement. Love them - thank you for sharing both variations of lighting!

Comment by Sharon Casavant on February 25, 2012 at 2:01

Wow, how do you do it?  I just love this.  Is this the next challenge?  Oranges?  Now I am hungry for an orange.

Comment by susie gregory on February 25, 2012 at 1:53

richard - this is just yummy!!!..are we to try andf simulate this arrangement or come up with our own?..and where would i get a north light or blue filter?

Comment by Tui Ellison on February 24, 2012 at 22:38
I'm away at the moment and don't have my paints otherwise I would definitely do this challenge. It's lovely.
Comment by Tess Turner on February 24, 2012 at 18:53

wow, every month I say to myself I give it a miss this time I will do my other projects...and then I look at your paintings and want to become as good as you, I sign up for another challenge and am so glad I do. I admit am an addict.;-)

Comment by Dania Bree on February 24, 2012 at 15:11

Hi again,

I try to stay away from any medium at all and just use pure paint from the tube as much as possible.  Of course on my initial layout or massing of objects, I will use some gamsol to thin my darks or stain the canvas.  If I must use something to get my paint to flow better I had used a product called 'Res-n-gel' by Weber.  I started using this when I painted on site because it help the oil paint to dry a little faster when I was traveling.  It's a great product.  It will extend your colors, add luminosity and brilliance and has a very buttery brush response.  I usually always put a dab on my palette in case I need it.  If you've never heard of it give it a try, you can find it online and it is not expensive.


Thanks so much for posting the painting done in cool light.  You can sure tell the difference.  Your example and information has been very helpful.  Natural light is always the best - but we all know how that goes.  I guess I'll have to give the blue filter a go and do a lot of first hand observation and not be ruled by theory.  You can't depend on Michigan weather to be consistant even when your inside trying to use a north window.

Comment by Richard Robinson on February 24, 2012 at 14:03

I haven't tried the blue filter sorry but I guess it's supposed to be like painting under cool north light (down here) or cool south light (northern hemisphere). Here's the last still life I did under those conditioins:

So you can see the difference in the colour of the light between this one and the new Oranges painting above. If you have the same light on your canvas as on your subject that's obviously going to help you get the colours right, but as for how it looks on the wall afterwards I couldn't say. For the still life's I've been painting for the workshops my canvas has been under harsh white led lighting so that I could film it but that's made my paintings end up darker than I would have liked. With this last painting I put a value scale on my canvas so I could make direct comparisons and that helped a bit. I do much prefer to work under natural light and apparently it reveals more colours than artificial light, so maybe that's why I prefer it. Saying that, I was very happy with the colour in this Oranges painting, so it's really six of one and half a dozen of the other in my opinion (so far).


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