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A Few Pigments
01-16-2005, 11:20 PM
11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas. Yellow ochre, burnt sienna, raw sienna, burnt umber, raw umber, prussian blue and T white. Scanned at 75 dpi.
What’d ya reckon?

01-17-2005, 04:51 AM
Bruce, I like this very much as it is, unfinished as it may be. You'll obviously want to put in a few shadows.


A Few Pigments
01-17-2005, 12:16 PM
I just want to finish this one and go on to the next. The green is made with yellow ochre and prussian blue. Every painting I do seems to have prussian blue in it. No matter how much I try to stay with just warm hues I just can’t seem to get away from prussian blue…funny that. Anyway, the colours in this remind me of a painting by Toulouse-Lautrec.

Someone I know has told me several times that what I do in my paintings is too subtle. Toulouse-Lautrec used texture and value changes and colours in a much less subtle way... Viva La Difference!

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, The Athenaeum: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/by_artist.php?sort=date_up&id=382

01-17-2005, 02:53 PM
WIP ? Still going to work on the right side ? Another bottle in the making ?
Can't resist Prussian blue myself :wink2:

A Few Pigments
01-17-2005, 04:40 PM
Hi Gilberte, good to see you. Yes there's another bottle behind the candle. I'll work on both sides plus the top and the bottom. I wasn't going to post this as a wip, but then i thought i might as well, I do it with everything else. :)

A Few Pigments
01-21-2005, 09:18 AM
I should have said in the first post the phrase “the very duce of a pose” is from the novel Beau Brummell.
How do you think the bottles are coming along? I think I need to punch up the background a bit, may be with some dry brush to add a bit of texture.

01-21-2005, 09:43 AM
Hi Bruce - this is coming along beautifully - I love how you've handled the glass of the lefthand bottle, one's eye gets really pulled in, looking at all the lovely light bouncing around - the right one needs a little more development in the same way, I think, still - I realise the lefthand one is standing between the righthand one and the light, so one isn't going to get such strong highlights on it - as you say, a bit of drybrush to background (but keep it diffuse, one needs to keep the eye in the foreground on the bottles and candle). Very painterly - keep at it!


01-21-2005, 09:47 AM
Looking great Bruce, That left bottle is amazing..

01-21-2005, 01:04 PM
Bravo for the left bottle.
Muted colors seem bright ... that's what I like :wink2:

A Few Pigments
01-22-2005, 07:56 AM
Thank you Dave, LisaArt and Gilberte, I think the left bottle looks okay now, but I keep wanting to add a knife or something to draw the eye into the composition. I was looking at the still life’s of Francisco De Zurbaran and he didn’t use a knife or a cloth, just objects on a wooden shelf.

It seems from the impressionists on something has always been added to draw the eye into the composition. Usually a knife or cloth or sometimes a flower on a long stem. I was thinking may be if I made the tabletop rough, put some interesting dents or gouges or discoloration’s on it, that might take the place of the classic knife. I should have thought more about this before I started painting…grumble…grumble… :wink2:

01-23-2005, 06:49 PM
Just watching and learning :)

01-24-2005, 10:35 PM
I like the composition and texture in the foreground. I think it might depend on how your background develops.
Cheers Kim

A Few Pigments
01-28-2005, 01:42 PM
My progress so far. I’m not happy with the candle. I’m like it to be more subdued, but I wanted all the colors to be more subdued. Regardless, I shall carry on with great vigor.


A Few Pigments
01-28-2005, 11:42 PM
I worked on the candle again and the second bottle as well as the shadow and the table top. Is anything improving or am I just spinning my brushes?


01-29-2005, 06:16 AM
Bruce, this is looking very good indeed with great brushwork. It maybe just my personal feeling that I'd like to see it more unified. My own expectation would be to see more from the environment in the slight shininess of the candle, vice versa, or both. I apparently was needing the same in my own recent still life. You could ask Wayne for a better opinion.


01-29-2005, 07:26 AM
I think it's definitely going in the right direction, Bruce - you're certainly not just "spinning your brushes" :)

Like the way you've picked up the reflection of the candle in the bottle.

Personally, I might soften and darken the bricks under the tabletop - just lose them into shadow, really, as the two verticals curently catch the eye a bit, and I think it's better that veiwer attention's centered on bottles and candle :)


01-29-2005, 10:23 AM
I'm finding this very beautiful. I like prussian blue too, it's nice and subdued, not too flashy.

I really like the way you've painted the subtle texture of the candle, it's very gracefully graded, but to my eye its color is too unlike everything else. Maybe if it were grayed down with some of the green.

But gorqeous painterly painting.

A Few Pigments
02-02-2005, 01:52 AM
Mikey, Dave and Bill, thank you for your compliments and suggestions.

Unless anyone has any more suggestions I think this one is finished.

02-02-2005, 03:08 AM
Excellent finish !

02-02-2005, 04:45 AM
Bruce I think this painting is definitely a success. You have icluded just small touches of red elsewhere, so as not to detract from the overall effect of the background. It is the bottles and shadow against the background which I find attractive. There is a kind of light openess with your brushwork. It's a very subjective comment, but I just like the feel of this painting.


02-02-2005, 09:52 AM
Lovely finish. Ignore this if you think it's too fussy but how about a bit of the wick showig in the candle?

02-02-2005, 05:44 PM
Very nice! :clap:

I think you've got "glass" and "candle wax" superbly, with a very self-consistent style of brushwork - big success!


A Few Pigments
02-02-2005, 08:43 PM
Gilberte, Mikey, Spyderbabe and Dave thank you all very much for your compliments. The candle is still a bit more vibrant than I like, but I suppose it’s not to bad as amateur paintings go.

Spyderbabe, I’ll add a bit-O-wick and post again.

A Few Pigments
02-04-2005, 01:49 AM
Spyderbabe, I added a wick and Wayne suggested I add some green to the tabletop. I also worked on the candle a little more. Does this look finished now.

02-04-2005, 10:56 AM
Thanks Bruce. You made my day. Now it's asserting itself "I AM CANDLE"
Looooking goooooood!

A Few Pigments
02-04-2005, 03:39 PM
Thank you Spyderbabe for the help. Now it's on to the next one.