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rmc
03-31-2007, 04:13 PM
This is my first attempt at a still life - I loved the photo by Dianna Ponting - especially the old ?morrocan table and the light - This was also a great chance to go through Maverick's glazing class on painting metal, thanks so much Maverick.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2007/83066-cherry,jpg
Any adjustments that anyone notes - or critiques will be most appreciated, thanks, Ruth

Linee
03-31-2007, 04:55 PM
Very nice! Such a rich red. Nice shadow and reflection on the backside. The metal looks fabulous! The cherry on the table almost looks like it has a hole near the stem. I'm not sure if it's because of the highlight or not?

jan409
03-31-2007, 05:15 PM
Looks great. I like the way the metal looks so real. And the cherrys look real. Love it. Jan

Lady Carol
03-31-2007, 05:30 PM
You have done the metal very well, Ruth.

I find that the background is a little distracting based on the blending of the colours. I feel that it could be blended further to lessen any detail. And speaking of the background, behind the tankard, it appears as though there is no table as it is almost the same colour as the wall.

rmc
03-31-2007, 05:39 PM
Thanks Linda - I've gone back and checked the cherry - the angle at the top of the cherry does need correcting - thanks for getting me to look at it more closely - I thought it looked odd but hadn't worked out why .
Thanks Jan - glad you like it!
Thanks for that advice Carol - I work on the background some more - It may be more a problem with the photo as the glazes on the dark background are not prominent in the painting.

idcrisis55
03-31-2007, 05:48 PM
Nice job on this, Ruth. You caught the shine of the metal just right.

C_Line
03-31-2007, 06:23 PM
wonderful work on the metal Ruth. Of course, your meticulous attention to detail aids in such excellent rendering. I was a little confused at the base of the vessel - table transition. Otherwise, wonderful work as usual from you. I love the color scheme too.

rmc
03-31-2007, 06:35 PM
Thanks Ann - I've made those adjustments too:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2007/83066-cherry2.jpg

C_Line
03-31-2007, 06:38 PM
I think what's extra-nice about this is the reflection on the left side of the little jug and the amazing cherries.

rmc
03-31-2007, 06:57 PM
hi Celeste, thanks - must of cross posted - does the base look any better on this second one?

Katie D
03-31-2007, 07:44 PM
Wonderful job Ruth--reminds me of a Flemish still life with the dark background. You're rendition of metal is superb!

Margaret 59
03-31-2007, 08:30 PM
Super painting Ruth. I like all of it.

idylbrush
03-31-2007, 08:34 PM
Lovely for sure.

dreamz
03-31-2007, 11:01 PM
fantastic!

rmc
03-31-2007, 11:58 PM
Thanks Margaret, Dreamz, Katie and Howard - yeah - may try my hand at a few more - do like that nostalgic feeling from this one - it does indeed have those subdued flemish tones with strong light -:)

C_Line
04-01-2007, 12:11 AM
Hi Ruth - just got back from nice evening out with friends. It does look better in the second one - I think I was having a hard time reading the cherry's shadow at first. I find the strong lights to be most interesting.

maverick
04-01-2007, 01:40 AM
Wow! You've done a wonderful job on this. I'm so glad the class helped!

Andun
04-01-2007, 01:42 AM
Boy oh boy I sure could go for a sweet,juicy cherry right now after looking at these.Ruth,you are an amazing artist:)

rmc
04-01-2007, 02:34 AM
Hi Maverick - thanks for looking in and for all your informative steps:clap:
Anthony - I sure do want a cherry!!! Had a holiday job once cherry picking - we were allowed to eat as many as we wanted - superb:lol:
Thanks Celeste - :heart:

Lulu
04-01-2007, 03:37 AM
Ruth, this is fabulous! the shine on that chrome jug is wonderful and the cherries are sooooooooooooooooooo wanting to be plucked out of your paintng and eaten!!!! lol

You could get a holiday job here picking grapes if you want, they are just about ready as we go off on our OE!