View Full Version : Ceramic bowl with redcurrants WIP - FINISHED!

03-12-2013, 10:15 AM
This was the view from our kitchen window this morning - can you believe it?? :eek:


After that I definitely needed something colourful and summery and decided
to tackle one of my favourite still-life photos from the RIL:


1. Freehand sketch on black Canson Mi-Teintes Touch:


2.Blocking in the major shapes


3. My dry underpainting


4. Tackling the ceramic bowl with its subtle colours


5. Now the fun begins - the first berries!!


So far, so good; still a lot of work!

03-12-2013, 11:44 AM
Looking great, Dorothea. I'm pulling up a chair and sipping tea as I wait for the sequel of this episode. :-)

Forgot... horrible weather, that! We have about 10C colder than normal, too. No snow so far, seems it went to middle Europe.

03-12-2013, 12:12 PM
So sad for the bad weather, hope it improves soon. Thank you Dorothea for the WIP. This is very helpful for us beginners. Can't wait to see the next steps. Bob

03-12-2013, 12:21 PM
Beautiful photo Dorothea.
It is very interesting to show us how you proceed.
It's lokks very good so far.
I can see that this afternoon we have the same view and the same activities ;)
This is a view from my garden (Normandy).


03-12-2013, 12:24 PM
Thank you, Charlie and Bob!
At least it stopped snowing an hour ago, but it's really unseasonably cold and will get even colder at the end of the week! At least we're promised sunshine for Thursday...

03-12-2013, 12:36 PM
Mado, looks impressive!:wink2:
The photo is by Valerie Cox; it's really beautiful, isn't it? And the ceramic bowl is exquisite! Fun to paint!

03-12-2013, 01:10 PM
Really like the WIP. Wish I could share a picture but getting information ready for accountant for 3 returns (mom's final and her trust make up 2 of them) and I am taking a break so I don't go crazy...:wink2:
Just rain near the NJ coast. No beautiful snow pictures to share.

03-12-2013, 01:17 PM
Looking lovely


03-12-2013, 01:24 PM
Pam, Trudi, thank you! Look, we're having a SUNSET!!!!:clap:


03-12-2013, 01:29 PM
beautiful. :wave:

03-12-2013, 01:35 PM
looks to be a wonderful mix/counterpoint .

like the handmade look of the ceramic !
is the bottom quite that small , won't tip over ?


03-12-2013, 01:38 PM
Thanks for the WIP Dorothea! I will enjoy seeing this come together. Already love the luscious berries you've done.
Like Belgium the South east of England has been hit really badly with snow. Last night several vehicles were stranded on one of the motorways for 11 hours overnight!!
Luckily for us it has been better today, still cold but lots of sunshine and hardly any snow.
Ooh, don't we love talking about the weather??

03-12-2013, 02:11 PM
Hi Ed and Ruthie, thank you! Ed, I checked the reference photo and the foot of the bowl IS really small, but seems to work fine:lol:

03-13-2013, 05:51 AM
An update; I've continued with the redcurrants, put in the twig and started on the leaves:

1. Detail


03-13-2013, 06:15 AM
Dorothea, first let me say thanks for the wip, I love your work, it just glows :clap: then I want to tell you how jealous I am of your weather, its soooo hot here and I have never seen snow. Is it as pretty as it looks? :)

03-13-2013, 06:27 AM
Leesa, glad you like the WIP! Weatherwise, I don't have anything against snow in principle, but not in the middle of MARCH!!! At the moment it's - 4C, which is about 10 too cold for this time of the year. And yes, snow can be beautiful, but I hate the dirty slush you get on the road after a few hours of traffic. And the salt which is spred to melt the snow ruins one's shoes...

03-13-2013, 10:22 AM
Working on those berries:


03-13-2013, 11:39 AM
I love red currents and these look so good I could reach out and eat them, I love how you have made the leaves almost see through and the shine on the currents, superb, thanks for the wip.


03-13-2013, 12:39 PM
Awwh, thank you, Trudi; I too love redcurrants!

water girl
03-13-2013, 01:58 PM
You have brought this to life. The currents are wonderful. I can't wait to see this finished. You are close.

03-13-2013, 02:32 PM
Karen, thank you! A final update coming soon!

03-13-2013, 06:16 PM
I think I'm there; what do YOU think? Anything that should be addressed?And should I make a tighter crop? Thank you for your input!


03-14-2013, 12:20 AM
I think it's lovely. And, as much as I enjoy looking at the berries, I'm really impressed with how you handled the colors and shading of the bowl.

03-14-2013, 04:10 AM
Thank you, Grinner! That bowl really gave me the opportunity to use the complementary colours of berries and leaves again to harmonize things!

03-14-2013, 05:10 PM
the currants look full ripe , and the ceramic has wonderful character :thumbsup:

on my screen , the front edge of the bowl is confusing compared to what the bowls shadow implies about the light source , especially on our right .
then , the depth/massing together of the currants above that edge seems vague . ( not how the light passes thru them ) .

a thought ;
if the second full berry on our right overlapped the two in front of it now ,
that would push it to the rim of the bowl
and suggest more depth without having to re-invent the entire area .
- just one possibility .

my concern is because of the extended currants on our left ,
and how to use that idea , but not imitate it ...

hope that makes sense . :)


ps. ceramics which have appealing shapes/textures that are ' less than perfect ' must be a most difficult design challenge :eek:

pps. 50f yesterday , 25f and windy today - a few sweaters not stored yet ...
new england ...

03-14-2013, 05:21 PM
Dear Ed, thank you for your berry thorough analysis :wink2: I'll have another look at the incriminated area tomorrow.

03-14-2013, 10:54 PM
I love this painting, and thanks for the snow pics :) It's hot here


03-15-2013, 02:35 AM
Ooooh these are so yummy. Beautiful painting. Thanks so much for the WIP.

03-15-2013, 05:26 AM
Beautiful painting! You captured the transparency of the currents gorgeously! Looking very fresh and tasty:)

03-15-2013, 07:48 AM
I agree - this is stunning! And not easy at all - I tried this a couple of years ago in watercolor and handsomly failed :). I would not touch this anymore, it's such a delight to enjoy!

03-15-2013, 08:52 AM
Nicole, Jen, Elcin, Raxu, thank you all for your nice comments! Painting my still-life with grapes a few months ago was a good training for the redcurrants! :)

03-15-2013, 03:35 PM
I checked out your grapes as I had not seen them they are also amazing and in a metal bowl, your sure do lovely stills that make the mouth water, I look forward to your next one, Trudi

03-15-2013, 05:08 PM
Thank you, Trudi, glad you like the grapes and the silver bowl!