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04-04-2006, 11:37 AM
I posted this in Still Life earlier because there is someone over there that paints similar objects.

I took the reference photo for this over a year ago and I even had the canvas ready with the drawing on it. For some reason I lost interest before I got the paint out.

Have you ever had the feeling you painted the same painting before but have no record of it? I keep thinking I did this one before in oils. Maybe I spent so much time planning it, I visualized painting it?

Coffee Time
8x10 acrylic on canvas

04-04-2006, 12:30 PM
This is fabulous! Good job Maverick. It looks like it was fun to do too!

04-04-2006, 12:41 PM
Thanks Megan! It was fun.

04-04-2006, 01:25 PM
This is great I like it very much so shinny Mark. Right now I'm trying painting cup- saucer and silver service too.

04-04-2006, 01:40 PM
It's absolutely delicious, Maverick - just as a good cuppa coffee should be! LOL! I love your work!

Jenni :)

Leslie Pz
04-04-2006, 01:41 PM
Very well done. The dark background and the warm, lighter surface really sets off the beautifully treated cup and spoon! Also really like the off-centered composition.

04-04-2006, 01:59 PM
Mmmmm - I can *smell* the coffeeeeeee.....

Simone, running to put the kettle on...

04-04-2006, 03:18 PM
WOW Great Maverick ....and i love the sparkle from the teaspoon...fantastic.
:thumbsup: :clap: :thumbsup: :clap:

04-04-2006, 03:20 PM
I do think this is a wonderful work. IMHO

Well done.

04-04-2006, 03:24 PM
Ooooo! Wonderful. Tasty tasty tasty.

04-04-2006, 04:26 PM
Wonderful work, great detail.

chammi kaiser
04-04-2006, 04:39 PM
Mark. This is great. I checked out your gallery and really enjoyed it. The painting of the cat by your young daughter is very very good. What a future she has. Stunning work. Chammi.

Lady Carol
04-04-2006, 05:12 PM
The thing I like the best about this piece is the play of light reflected off the spoon onto the bowl of the cup. The whole painting is great but that bit is awesome.

mrs willow
04-04-2006, 06:12 PM
Great work Maverick!:thumbsup:
Love the way you have rendered different surfaces and the effect of light on those surfaces :clap: :clap: :clap:

del m
04-04-2006, 06:37 PM
excellent work. very reallistic

04-04-2006, 07:23 PM
Thanks everyone for your kind comments!

I really like painting shiny objects as you may have noticed. It's nice to hear that it's relatively convincing. After staring at it for so long while painting, it doesn't always look right to me for a while.

Margaret 59
04-04-2006, 10:11 PM
This is SO good in every way.

04-04-2006, 10:30 PM
I have to agree with what the others have said....
The light, and especially the reflections from the spoon are awsome.
I also like the way you've worked the greens, purples and blues into this and still manage to have the cup "read" as white.
Really nice!

04-04-2006, 11:39 PM
Thanks Margaret and Steve!

I've learned that there are many colors in white, especially from reflections in shiny surfaces.

04-04-2006, 11:47 PM
Maverick - It's lovely and I love your background colors. :)

04-04-2006, 11:57 PM
Thanks sillybean!

04-05-2006, 01:33 AM
so well painted, I want to pick up the cup and drink the coffee!

04-05-2006, 04:26 AM
I truly enjoy your work. I like the simplicity, the reflected lights and how you tie everything together.


04-05-2006, 08:27 AM
Wow- it looks so real!!!

04-05-2006, 08:34 AM
I need to learn how to capture the shine! You do such wonderful work and I am always amazed!

04-05-2006, 06:23 PM
This almost makes me want to start drinking coffee again after giving it up 14 months ago. ;) I too love the shine and reflections......EXCELLENT! :thumbsup:

04-05-2006, 06:38 PM
Thank you Lulu, Ann, Tracey, Gayle and Serena!

The shine is mostly about looking at the surface very closely and just painting the subtle little abstract shapes that you see. Adding the catchlights and sparkle as a last step really helps. When I look at my painting later after taking a break, I realize what I was painting (the reflection of the handle on the right side of the cup. The reflection of the cup rim in the bowl of the spoon etc.) You really don't need to know what you are painting; just paint it. I find I'm better off that way.

04-05-2006, 06:48 PM
That's good advice, Maverick. In the book - Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain - it also goes into detail about how we should just paint what we see rather than trying to analyse the subject too much. A very interesting read ~

04-05-2006, 07:56 PM
I should really drink more.....then maybe I'd have any idea who painted what! Ha!

04-05-2006, 08:18 PM
Maverick there is so much to appreciate here....the lime/yellow reflections on the china, the vague hint of froth on the top of the coffee, the wonderful use of colour in the shadowed background, the sparkle on the spoon reflecting off onto the cup itself.........I could go on.....and on....:thumbsup: :clap:

04-05-2006, 09:15 PM
Serena...yes I have the book. I learned a lot about myself reading it.

Gayle...I knew who you meant. Truth be known, I wish I could paint like Howard!

Thanks Anita!