View Full Version : Pepper Shaker WIP -- no color this time!

04-07-2007, 03:48 PM
Einion's comment on my salt shaker made me think about how much work can really go into the beginning stages of a painting, each stage can be a complete work of art by itself. Some might think it's a wasted effort to spend so much time on an underpainting as is required using the Flemish Technique or doing a Grisaille. So I thought I would complete the stages up to the tonal underpainting and see how detailed I could go. Here is the result. My wife thinks I should leave it as it is without color!

Umber layers finished. Starting the tonal layer...

More progress...

Tonal layer finished...

More detail and highlights on the shaker. More interesting patterns in the background...Done!

04-07-2007, 04:41 PM
Maverick: I really like this one. It looks like I could just reach in and pick it up. Jan

04-07-2007, 05:56 PM
If I could whistle I would. The metal and glass work is really good. What I like though is the way you painted the pepper. :)

04-07-2007, 06:14 PM
Thanks Jan!

Thanks Ann! I like the coarse ground pepper. It's more interesting to look at.

I'm definitely going to leave this one alone. These will look good together that way...

04-07-2007, 06:49 PM
Very interesting. Thanks for posting the close-ups. I sometimes get frustrated with grissaile and underpainting, but I could see from the pictures how they contributed to the richness of the final product.

04-07-2007, 07:04 PM
I am always amazed at how you do these. :)

04-08-2007, 01:56 AM
Thanks Tiasa! If you paint from photos, you can convert your reference to black and white and it will make your grisaille much easier to do.

Thanks hoofty! It's just practice. I paint the same thing so much that I begin to memorize the object's 'anatomy'.

04-08-2007, 03:23 AM
Maverick I love what you do. I would love to spend a day or two with you in your studio. I think I'd learn so much just wtaching you.

04-08-2007, 04:51 AM
Now that is a technique I want to master.You do great,great work!:)

04-08-2007, 11:24 AM
Maverick: The underpainting phase is fascinating. Somehow, even though it's painted over, it makes a difference. Richer. More interesting. I always do a detailed underpainting.

04-08-2007, 12:23 PM
A wonderful pair of paintings!

04-08-2007, 12:25 PM
I have the perfect spot!!!!

04-08-2007, 12:29 PM
fantastic. Great exercise and even better finish.

chammi kaiser
04-08-2007, 12:57 PM
I am always astounded at how you produce such realistic work. I thought the peppercorns were brilliant in the coloured shaker and these are just as fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

04-08-2007, 08:59 PM
Elaine, thank you! I paint in my home office, which barely functions.

Thanks Anthony! It's just a little extra work, but it pays off in the results.

Merritt, thanks for looking! I enjoyed seeing your sports paintings.

Thank you eyepaint!

Thanks for taking a look Bnsmalkin! I'll have trouble parting with these. I have a spot for them too!

Thanks Howard! I really appreciate it!

Thank you Chammi! I guess I just focus on the detail. It's important to forget about the bigger picture and paint at a very low level (technology phrase). The pepper is just a bunch of dots that I do with a #2 round brush. I layer them in 3 or 4 different tones. They accidentally take on three dimensions sometimes.