View Full Version : WIP - Silver Tea Pot

03-20-2013, 03:05 AM
Hi there everyone, here is my work in progress on the easel at the moment. I am trying to be loose but somehow I am going towards realism on this one! So I decided not to fight with it and let it be :) I also have absolutely no idea how I will handle the fabric! it looks scary at the moment :) Any suggestions and feedback will be appreciated. Paper I use is Fisher 400 and the size is 30by20 cm. I made a very light pastel water underpainting.

Here is the ref photo (from image library)


03-20-2013, 03:41 AM
This is looking very promising already, Elcin! That silver pot is coming along really, really well. If I were you, I would underplay the cloth; IMHO the painting doesn't need that pattern, I like the way this is already going in your underpainting. I'll be watching this!:wave:

03-20-2013, 09:40 AM
Looks beautiful,


03-20-2013, 11:20 AM
This is looking great so far! When you start the fabric keep it simple. Avoid the patterns for the moment and just concentrate on values and shapes. You probably will find you don't need the pattern at all, but if you do prefer to put it in it will be much easier at the end. And if you decide to not put it in, no worries, the fabric will be just about complete anyway! You gotta love pastels, they're so forgiving that way..... I love the silver sugar bowl and reflections, and the strawberry.... it's looking beautiful!

water girl
03-20-2013, 11:24 AM
You have a beautiful start on this one. The sugar bowl is almost completed. I agree with the others, keep the fabric simple.

03-20-2013, 05:00 PM
Tonight's progress. I am moving very slow! :) I think I won't include the pattern on the fabric.. Suggestions are welcome!

03-20-2013, 05:11 PM
It's beautiful. Looking forward to seeing the final painting. I like to see WIPs so I can learn from them. As to the pattern on the fabric people are probably right about keeping it simple but I did like the look of it but not if it takes away from your center of interest. You could always try implying it to see if you like. Pam

pastel lover
03-21-2013, 02:18 AM
Lovely silver work & the berries look wonderful too.


03-21-2013, 03:48 AM
The teapot, reflections and all are coming along just handsomely and I really love what you have done with the background. It is subtle (as it should be) but not just plain; it's beautiful.

03-21-2013, 12:55 PM
my read of the ref pix is a full range of gray/monochrome/values + colour accents from/in fruits with light from a north window ( which tends to be cool white ) .

you have brought more warmth into your painting , and there is good attention to edges and shadow .

in the ref pix , the fold above the upper grape is unnecessary , but the wave motion of the cloth at that depth compliments the fruits .
> also , value of the lid on the lighted side ( which looks to be somewhat planar , not a smooth curve )
matches the b/g , but that doesn't quite make sense :
it is a reflective surface , but what is it reflecting off the page/frame ?

all this is about the ref pix , and what might distract from what you are doing with the objects/plane/colour and the counterpoint with the grays .

just a thought or two ...


03-22-2013, 02:52 AM
Hi everyone, I think I am very close to finishing this. I will darken the foreground slightly. Also the highlights on grapes were forgotten :) any other suggestions for improvement? Thanks for your help! :)

03-22-2013, 02:58 AM
Looks wonderful. Great job.