I finally started a painting using the Tang Lady figurine I found during one of my many trips to China over the last decade. The other objects in the painting were also collected in China during visits to Shanghai, Beijing, and other parts of China.
This blog will show each stage of the painting.
Setting up a still life can take a few minutes, or several hours depending on the concept that evolves. Today, I spent a couple of hours selecting the objects, adjusting, placing, and then finally deciding upon the still-life composition.
The next step was massing in the forms from dark to light, and at the same time, creating an accurate basic drawing of the objects in relation to each other, all the while keeping the composition within the rectangle of the canvas key. The first stage is painted in with a mixture of ultramarine blue, burnt umber, and some burnt sienna for warmer areas. This first stage if very important to the building of a painting, and will set the stage for a successful finish.
Had to stop at this stage in late afternoon when the sun was no longer strong enough to continue ( I paint in daylight, from life). To be continued........