View Full Version : Egg in an egg cup for Easter

04-08-2007, 09:23 PM
I started this one last night and just finished it. I like the shading in my tonal painting better, so I'm going to make some adjustments.

The egg was quite a challenge. Most eggs look identical, so everyone already knows what they should look like, so you have to get it right!


Egg in an Egg Cup
6x6 Acrylic on canvas

04-08-2007, 09:53 PM
Nicely done. You do have a way with metals and now eggs.

I remember in art school drawing eggs for hours. It is considered to be one of the most difficult subjects since it has to be absolutely right every time.

04-08-2007, 10:03 PM
Thanks Howard...the shadow is supposed to gradually form an S curve as it moves to the right, but the most visible part of it has a crescent shape. Not easy I tell you. I still feel like tweaking it some more.

04-08-2007, 10:42 PM
This is wonderful. Eggs are extremely tough to render in acrylics.

I figured this was going to be a dyed egg when I clicked on this thread. Thanks for posting your grisaille stage.

04-09-2007, 12:14 AM
wonderful work Maverick. I don't find eggs difficult to draw, but painting might be another matter! Must try.
love the shine and reflections on the egg cup too.

04-09-2007, 09:44 AM
You have the salt and pepper, now the egg. breakfast anyone? The egg is great, but the metal holder is wonderful. I wished I could do metal half as good as you. I guess I should practice. I do love your work. Jan

Southern Style
04-09-2007, 10:09 AM
Great egg..but also love the metal holder..wonderful reflections!

04-09-2007, 10:19 AM
Lovely, I'm enjoying this series you're sharing with us. I always appreciate you taking the time to explain some of your methods. Thank you!

04-09-2007, 11:34 AM
Thank you Michael, Lulu, Jan, Marcia, and Jon!

Well, the egg was bothering me (reminded me of a stone on the beach). The shadow wasn't right in shape or color. Here is another attempt. I added a couple of those little bumps too. Every little bit helps.

I really had trouble seeing the color of the egg's shadow and mixing the paint, so I sampled my reference photo in PhotoShop to get the basic color. It was still nearly impossible to match! I am very slightly color-blind in one eye, but I don't think I can use that as an excuse! I just need more practice!


Charlie's Mum
04-09-2007, 01:18 PM
Actually, it looks a very regal egg! ...... nothing humble about this!

You are on a roll aren't you? .. ah! there's the next painting to go with the egg, salt and pepper ... breakfast roll and plate .... butter?

I always enjoy seeing your work - thanks for being so industrious :D :D

04-09-2007, 01:40 PM
Thank's Maureen! I had 3 days off in a row, so I took advantage of it and finished 3 paintings.

I was going to do a cobalt bottle next...not exactly related. I need to get some more 6x6 canvases. I'll think about finishing the meal when I resupply!

04-09-2007, 03:47 PM
Hi Maverick, a very nice painting and you do have a certain clever way with shiney metals. Bravo!

04-09-2007, 04:04 PM
WOW! looks just like a photograph!!!! i'm very amazed every time i see one of your paintings with metal or glass. but the texture of this egg is outstanding too!!!:clap: :clap: :clap:

04-09-2007, 04:38 PM
Ok this is fantastic! Now all we need is the plate with the buttered toast:) and the silverware.

04-09-2007, 05:08 PM
Thanks Stephen, Mona and hoofty!


Lady Carol
04-09-2007, 05:40 PM
Colour blind (slightly) in one eye...how curious but no you can't use that as an excuse when you paint so beautifully.

I am totally jealous of your talent.

04-09-2007, 06:56 PM
Thanks very much Carol!

Talent? :o I just work at it and try to learn something new each time.

04-09-2007, 09:35 PM
I love this after the revisions. Very nicely done!!

04-09-2007, 10:01 PM
Thanks Debbie!

08-23-2008, 06:02 PM
Maverick, what colors did you use to create the Dead Layer?

08-23-2008, 06:31 PM
super work on the metal!the background's color fits very well with the subject!

08-23-2008, 10:12 PM
excellent job, the texture in the egg is great and that metal is fantastic

Charlie's Mum
08-24-2008, 08:54 AM
This is an old thread!
Maverick hsn't been here in quite a while, so don't know if he'll answer your question Hamster!
The underpainting could be a simple black and white mixture of greys, or could be Payne's Grey and white which gives a slightly bluer look.

08-24-2008, 09:08 AM
You did a wonderful job particularly on the egg's shadow and mid tone.

01-18-2009, 09:05 PM
Better late than never I guess...

Maureen is basically correct. I use black, white and a touch of payne's gray, and even a touch of burnt umber sometimes if I want my gray to be warmer.

The shadow on the egg was the most challenging part actually. I made several attempts to get that color.

Thanks for commenting.

01-19-2009, 12:39 AM
Jaw dropping, incredible,fabulous, beautiful, wonderful, awsome....WOW!!!!!!

I want to paint like you when I grow up!

01-19-2009, 04:18 PM
Wow Bizkit, thanks! I want to paint like you too. I'd like to do a self-portrait in your style. Pop art is what I attempt to do when I'm taking a break from still life.

01-19-2009, 07:37 PM
I love the little bumps you added to the egg. I never really thought about those before until I saw them in your painting. Really awesome metal work.

01-19-2009, 09:41 PM
Thanks Mira. I find that the little details really make a huge difference.

01-19-2009, 11:02 PM
Excellently done, Realy love how you did the eggdish!