View Full Version : Egg in Satin - sort of WIP

04-15-2007, 10:58 PM
This is from a monochromatic ref by Dianna Ponting - she has done some spectacular colour pastel renditions of eggs and satin - I thought I would attempt it in acrylics (on canvas 8x12in)
I am at a stage where it is a bit difficult to photograph - there is a lot of warmth that I haven't been able to capture with my camera - however the thing I am uncertain about is does the fabric look 'stiffish but flowing '......as in satin ? If there is any advice on how to improve this I would be most grateful.
I plan to continue glazing some more warmth although in real life it is almost there - ummm, not satisfied tho.

04-15-2007, 11:10 PM
Very beautiful. I am anxious to see it finished. Jan

04-15-2007, 11:32 PM
That's funny Ruth.I was looking at my hard boiled egg last night sitting on a white plate and wondered how on earth to paint that!!:)

04-15-2007, 11:56 PM
Thanks Jan
Hiya Anthony, have you been on holiday? I agree funny because I am still asking myself that exact same question:lol: :lol: It's a bit hidden but hopefully it will all come right eventually!!!!:rolleyes:

04-15-2007, 11:59 PM
Wish I was Ruth:( Four days of vomitting diarrhea.You wanted that much information huh.Some good to be back though.

04-16-2007, 09:21 AM
This looks good Ruth. Yes it is starting to look like satin, just needs the "shineyness". Whatr colors are you using?

04-16-2007, 09:38 AM
I think you're off to a fantastic start on this. Looking forward to seeing this one done.

04-16-2007, 01:37 PM
I think it looks great so far Ruth, looks like satin...especially the part just above the egg. What a fun painting to do, can't wait to see more!

Lady Carol
04-16-2007, 04:27 PM
I finished drawing (in graphite) that very photo a couple of weeks ago. I am yet to show WC my endeavors.

It is looking good so far. I think you just need to work more on smoothing out the transitions between dark and light. If I remember correctly the shadow at the front is a rather slow fold and not as abrupt as you have painted it. But then again I could be getting confused between my rendition of the photo and what I think I remember about the photo. :eek:

04-16-2007, 07:58 PM
Thanks Carol - to my eye my rendering of the 'fabric' looks more like ' molded clay' - if you see what I mean - maybe I have too much contrast going on and need to lighten the values more .... you could be on to a good point - in art perception / impressions are everything:lol:
post your graphite drawing in the QDC and I'll pop in and check it out -:) :thumbsup:
Thanks Des and Debbie and Audrey - hope to be able to pull it off - not feeling too confident on this one:rolleyes:

04-16-2007, 09:06 PM
This is beautiful and already showing nice luminosity. I'm wondering about the two vertical creases at the front. Also, with the weight of the egg, would the fold wrapped around the front of the egg & right side be curved more around the egg rather than a sharp diagonal? Thinking of the suppleness of satin versus the crisp, papery nature of taffeta. Those soft curves above the egg though are great & effective. And the darks at top and bottom of canvas perfectly frame the egg as does the triangular shape surrounding it.

04-16-2007, 10:00 PM
Thanks Celesete - there is indeed a subtle sense of curve in the fabric in the front diagonal - I've rechecked it - this could be what is eluding me - thanks a mil:wave:

04-16-2007, 10:06 PM
Coming along nicely. Looking forward to seeing the next stage. The fabric is coming along and will soften a bit as you get further along I am sure. Take a look at some of the Vermeer works, no one has ever done satin as well.

04-16-2007, 10:26 PM
thanks Howard, I've found a great site demonstrating Vemeers glazing techniques. This a link to it for anyone who is interested. I will study his technique closely, thanks. http://glazing.fws1.com/examples.htm

Lady Carol
04-16-2007, 11:22 PM
I just photographed the egg and have put it in the QDC.

04-17-2007, 01:49 AM
What is a "QDC"?????????:(

04-17-2007, 02:28 AM
Tony!!! It's the quick dry cafe - in our very own forum - I used to wonder as well and imagined all sorts of meaning to the acronyms scattered about!!!
Here is an update - it is beginning to take form - still tones to be worked out...
getting closer I hope!!!!

04-17-2007, 06:16 AM
Ah, much closer. The egg is becoming very believable for sure.

04-17-2007, 06:48 AM
WOW, Ruth, this is looking amazing already! :clap: :clap: I can hardly wait to see the finish ~

04-17-2007, 08:48 AM
I'm quite jealous of the way you paint fabric! Love the painting.

Lady Carol
04-17-2007, 08:58 AM
It is getting closer to the real thing. Just a little more blending should do it.

04-17-2007, 03:37 PM
Thanks Howard, Carol, Serenity, and Dribear for the moral support!- well, one thing I am learning from this is a huge amount of respect for egg painters:lol: :lol: Hopefully an hour to paint later today!

04-17-2007, 03:47 PM
It's looking wonderful.

04-17-2007, 04:00 PM
Looking great as usual Ruth. I did silk with a wine glass recently. It is fun to do for sure. Looking forward to the finish.

04-17-2007, 04:52 PM
Thanks Elaine, :) - you know I just remembered that this morning - a fabulous soft rendering I recall - must take another look at it!!!!!
Thanks Linda:heart:

04-17-2007, 07:04 PM
This is beautiful Ruth - can't wait to see the finish. Love the introduction of the blue glazes.

04-17-2007, 08:53 PM
Wow! Very beautiful and soft!

04-17-2007, 09:21 PM
Well, I think this has had all the love I have to give it:lol:
Time to move on to a new one!!!!
Thanks for hanging in there, sister, Celeste!
Thanks Couturej

04-17-2007, 11:50 PM
wow, the rich color is exquisite! It glows just like satin!!! How did you do that? I LOVE the monochromatic look of this one - it's almost abstract looking.

04-18-2007, 01:15 AM
Thanks Celeste - this was just lots and lots of thin layers - remembered a sugggestion from you a while back to glaze dark over lighter undertones to get the glow:heart: :thumbsup:

04-18-2007, 02:12 AM
This looks wonderful Ruth. Had I known so many people were going to scoop up this photo I would have taken a little more care in the making of it I at least would have ironed out those two little forground creases. :lol:

Great stuff!!:clap:

Cheers, Dianna

04-18-2007, 02:20 AM
Maybe I should have ironed them out for you:lol: :lol: I think they may be better gone - initially left them in as seemed the only thing that looked like fabric about my rendering:rolleyes: I note the egg highlights have gone too light on the inner part - oh the joys:rolleyes:
Thanks so mch for sharing your great refs Dianna!

04-18-2007, 03:15 AM
I think it is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!:) The silk really does look so soft,sleek and shiny while the egg retains it'ts smooth rigidity.Masterful Ruth...simply masterful!!!

04-18-2007, 07:47 AM
lovely piece.

04-18-2007, 11:16 AM
I have so enjoyed watching you work on this piece. You caught the lovely lustre of the satin and the shell of the egg beautifully. Well done, Ruth!

04-18-2007, 04:22 PM
Thanks Ann, Howard and Tony - it did taking some close observation to get the effect - :lol: :wave:

04-18-2007, 06:09 PM
Just incredible!! I really am in awe!