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01-14-2006, 04:01 PM
bunches of things to do today before our district faculty winter's dinner/party tonight...but took time out to do an incidental...

5"x 7" oil on Hansen panel...


and now, servin' up a closeup!


I'll post my steps in my next post for those interested...

01-14-2006, 04:09 PM
I began blocking in a cool color leaning slightly to the complement of the body of color the shrimp have...with intentions to allow some hint of that color to come thru here and there to create excitement and shimmer...


Having determined an undertone for the panel, I turn my attention to begin mixing first paint to attack. After each painting session I scrape whatever paint remains in my working area over and mix it. The mix inevitably turns to a gray and usually a slight greenish tint. This way I do not waste as much paint, and the neutrals give me some strong foundation to build my next painting on-


borrowing from that pile of gray I add a few colors to begin my initial blockin work...


here then is a photo of my reference, yes...painting shrimp live from dinner nite before!!


Here I begin blocking in background color mixed with my grays and lighter values, warms and so forth...a bit of red/orange to define shrimp contours all yet plotting where everything will go...


Here with just a minimal effort it seems and little color, little time the shrimp quickly come together. Now if I could convince myself that this is far enough for me, it nearly makes a nice painting by itself...


...but...NOOOOoooo...I'll take it farther, which brings us to the first post!

Hope you enjoy...


01-14-2006, 06:42 PM
Shrimply wonderful!! I like it at the last block in stage too, where you almost left it alone LOL Both versions offer something appetizing to look at! :D

01-14-2006, 08:41 PM
I like the last block in stage too as well as the finish. You are giving me this urge for seafood! Looks yummy. Lori

01-14-2006, 09:40 PM
Hi Larry, Anyway you do them I think the shrimp look great. Love seeing the progression of the painting. And I think that's a Hanson panel......as in "son"....:D Sandy

01-14-2006, 11:16 PM
thanks Jan, Lorijo and Sandy...appreciate the comments.

Sandy...I'll bet I've spelled references to Marc's last name both ways about 50% of the time each.

My building principal's name is Jim Hansen...and I'll be darned after working with the man for seven years if I can always remember it to be "sen" or "son!"

I'm a lost cause....!!!!! :)


01-15-2006, 12:36 PM
Thanks for the WIP Larry. I'm always interested in seeing the progress. I have difficulty looking at a painting and then figuring out the steps. Of course, I do it my own way in the end. :D I love the brush work in this one.

01-15-2006, 12:52 PM
thanks pamela...

there are any number of approaches...but I hoped seein' one more might be helpful or entertaining anyway. Take care


01-17-2006, 11:23 AM
Larry, Nice shrimp. I also like how you did the background on this.
After each painting session I scrape whatever paint remains in my working area over and mix it. The mix inevitably turns to a gray and usually a slight greenish tint. This way I do not waste as much paint, and the neutrals give me some strong foundation to build my next painting
Thanks for the tip.

01-17-2006, 12:28 PM
Makes me hungry for shrimp! I really like the composition. Thanks for showing the steps you took.

01-17-2006, 12:45 PM
thanks Perry and Julieanne....

01-17-2006, 06:19 PM
Larry, it's 6:15pm and you're makin' me hungry! I like the casual arrangement of the shrimp and as usual they are so well painted. I also love your neutralized blue background that you initially scrubbed in. When I first looked at the painting, I thought the shrimp would have looked great on a blue-grey background instead of one so light. Then I noticed that was what you started with. I'm wondering why you decided to go so light with the background instead. Was it to give more unity with the subject?

Thanks so much for sharing your steps. I love the idea of mixing that grey with the leftover paint; usually I just transfer the piles to glass and freeze, or cover the palette if it's just overnight. But I think I'm going to try following your lead on this to provide me with that neutral to start, and see how it goes. Thanks so much for all your useful information.


01-17-2006, 07:24 PM
thanks Jamie...

I wanted a wet...fresh look, with a hit of blue here and there a lighter value not as light as the highlights of the shrimp. I felt a light value would give that feeling. Too...I think it would have been too easy to pull off the orangish/red color with a darker value but I wanted the challenge of tying yet to pull some life off in those areas not using darks.

My wife was disappointed. (don't know why...as I'll be offering to the general market anyway! hahah!, but she prodded me to paint these, and was hoping for a darker background.

I've been paying attention to her comments a bit the past couple weeks with these and I get a feeling that she just leans toward that more traditional classic old time painting's look. That Baroque/Dutch warmer darks.

I did so many early wildlife works like that...a dark Baroque set up, that perhaps today the lighter and subtle things tend to capture my eye. So, give 'em what they want, or what feels personally preferable? Whatdya do!



01-17-2006, 07:37 PM
Larry, I laughed as I read your last post. It's really remarkable how we're influenced by spouses in our work. My husband loves blues...hates greens. So almost all my still life paintings have lots of blue objects to cater to his whims. I recently did one with a green background and he hated it. LOL He's not a fan of summer landscapes either for the same reason. I try for plenty of blue sky and water!

So, give 'em what they want, or what feels personally preferable? Whatdya do!
Indeed! Let me know if you find the Ultimate Solution. ;)


01-17-2006, 09:08 PM
well...I guess Jamie you can see I have a contentious spirit since my background here was light in value regardless!!!! hahaha..

some pieces I've done dark...but not because I was thinking she'd have like them that way, but they felt right by me. That's when I observed she liked those.

life....too complicated!!!! hahahaaa....