View Full Version : Watch Howard stick his neck way out there. (A Still Life Demo)

03-01-2007, 05:43 PM
In an effort for others to see the process I go through I decided to document a painting from the set up to the end, or near end.

I spent about an hour today setting up a photoshoot, prepping a canvas and then doing the painting. It is pretty scarry.

so here we go.

the photo shoot.
This was the first shot and I wasn't pleased with the position of the lemon so photo 2.

so now the fun begins.


I started with a 9X12" canvas and put a terra rosa ground.

Next came the rough in and I decided to eliminate the leaves on the figs. Move the lemon a bit and just try for loose basic shapes.


I laid in some color and was feeling a off about the piece so I grabbed a marker filled with purple acrylic ink and made some changes.


Starting to put in the colors and shadows in a more "refined" state if that is possible with me.


A tiny bit more refinement.


My final bit of adjusting, adding the accent lines and I am about to call this puppy done.

Sign it, seal it, pack it off to oblivion.


Hope this is of some assistance or the object of abject fear.

03-01-2007, 05:55 PM
I really like it, Howard. I enjoy seeing the process. I like the richness in the colors. :)

I've never used acrylic markers. Are they usually sold in the same area as the paints? I've never even seen them. But, then again, I'm just getting into this.

03-01-2007, 06:07 PM
I like the colors, the fruit look good. I would say it is about done. I like it.Jan

03-01-2007, 06:15 PM
To do acrylic ink markers you have to buy the empty marker cases and fill them with acrylic inks. I purchased a dozen last year for under 15.00 USD. Just finding how much fun they are.

03-01-2007, 06:17 PM
I really like it Howard.
Thank you for the whip. Oop's....Sorry. W.I.P!!!


03-01-2007, 06:23 PM
Wow neat. That's a very interesting use of acrylic ink - I'm gonna have to try it! And the painting turned out great. I am a particular fan of the apparent sheen on the fruit.

Can I ask you what you did to blend the colours so smoothly for the three dark fruit (pears?). They look incredible.

03-01-2007, 06:43 PM

Just a few tweaky things, took another 3 minutes.

The figs are done with lots of glazing. layers of glazing with thinned color and some glazing medium. Sorry it took so long.

Still not quite happy with the photography but will get it.

03-01-2007, 09:05 PM
Looks good, Howard. :)

03-01-2007, 11:03 PM

03-01-2007, 11:06 PM
Fantastic brushwork.

mrs willow
03-01-2007, 11:28 PM
Fantastic brushwork.
A very painterly style you have there Howard! Lovely colours too!Thank you for this wip ...you make it look so easy.:wave:

03-02-2007, 04:42 AM
You've stepped away from your usual style at least twice in the past couple ow weeks... are we looking for a change or just a return to the roots? Regardless I enjoyed the wip and the finished peice looks like a seller to me:thumbsup:

03-02-2007, 10:19 AM
great wip, thanks! i like the careful composition combined with loose painting style. the shadows keep the whole shape together. there is just enough highlights and details to make it interesting to look at. brilliant job.

03-02-2007, 02:40 PM
Very nice! :) I love the shininess of the fruits. Excellent!

Lady Carol
03-02-2007, 03:53 PM
Howard, how interesting. I never knew you approached painting that way.

Charlie's Mum
03-02-2007, 04:01 PM
Ah! So that's how the 'almost covered outlines' are done!
Never seen empty marker cases here - I have a dropper and a syringe (from the dog's medication! :lol:) that I use sometimes to draw loosely .... but you used them as a 'correcting' implement ........ good idea!

As for the SL - you know I love your Still Life paintings - it has your lovely fluid and loose style while still being beautifully observed.

Will copy this thread to the Information Kiosk so it's easy to find in the future :D