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Old 11-09-2009, 09:32 AM
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Kitchen memories

Hi everyone!

I thought I would post a still life I painted a few years back. This piece was done in my studio from life. It was done on sand paper (Wallis, I think), and the pastels used were Giraults and Unisons. The size is 15 1/2" x 19". I have an affinity to kitchen objects from the 1950's, and my thought was to assemble a still life to portray that time period. I believe the fabrics were also from that period, as I purchased them in an antique store, and they look to be pretty old! Somehow, when I took this picture, the bottom of the painting is a little cut off, and the top is missing just a little height. It's pretty hard to get the colors in the scan to match the painting, and I apologize if it looks a little dark. The set up is on a wood shelf, which is not easy to see on this scan.

Thanks for looking!

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Old 11-09-2009, 09:47 AM
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Hi Chris - thanks for sharing this still life - it gorgeous and very well done. I especially like the metal tool and how you captured the aged look to it and the little yellow pitcher is a favorite too.

Sometimes when we go back and look at an older work, we see things we would have done differently. Any thoughts on this one?
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:59 PM
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That's wonderful! Well done, great setup too
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Wonderfully done! The highlights are really great!

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Gorgeous still life, Chris! I really like the way you arranged the items and lit them. The shadows on the back wall are an interesting part of the design and they add a sense of depth too. I have a still life set up but something's not right so I haven't started it. I'll study yours and try to figure out why it works so well!
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This is gorgeous, Chris! Wonderful work all around; good composition, good light/shadows and the objects are very well done. I enjoy the atmosphere in the painting. Great work!
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This is wonderful as everyone has said. Your ability to create a sense of realism with pastels is remarkable. What a nice touch to use a 50's style dish towel as the backdrop. I'm sure that someone who collects, displays, and or uses the retro equipment would appreciate hanging in their kitchen!
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Very good idea, and really good work. We all should do more of this!
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Re: Kitchen memories

Kathryn,

Thanks so much for looking. Hmmm....... interesting question. I think on this painting, I would have to say I'm pretty happy with it. There is almost always something I would consider doing different for next time, because I'm never totally satisfied, but on this one I've sort of moved on. This painting has been really good to me, as I've done well with it in shows. I guess because of that I'm reluctant to jinx it!

As I was painting this one, it underwent many changes, so maybe I fixed most of its "problems" as I went along. It's funny you should pick out the yellow pitcher as a favorite, because that was a major change. It started out as a plate leaning up against the fabric, but the shape and color just wasn't working, so I removed it. I then added the pitcher, but it was white, and that wasn't working, so I changed its color to yellow, which I felt was better. The egg was added as an afterthought, because I felt it needed something more organic. The nice thing about a still life is you have total control, and can change just about anything you don't like as you go along. It doesn't always work out to my advantage (some things just can't be saved - they end up in the trash bin!), but on this one I got lucky!

Thanks again!
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Nicoclaus, Thanks so much!

Don, Thanks for looking!
Donna, I'm sure you'll figure it out - your work is beautiful - I look forward to seeing a still life from you!

Merethe, Thank you for looking and for your kind comments!

creatividee, Thanks so much!

IMaybe, Thank you! When I don't know what to paint, I just set up a still life and go for it! It's always available, it never moves, and the light never changes! I'll take all the help I can get!
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Re: Kitchen memories

Funny you should mention a painting going through changes - I was just looking at a landscape I did that went through major changes, and not just once, but many times.

But perseverence pays off, it just got accepted into a museum show.

Your insight on making changes until it works is right on the money - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't - but then, if you don't go for it, you don't get the gold ring!
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Funny you should mention a painting going through changes - I was just looking at a landscape I did that went through major changes, and not just once, but many times.

But perseverence pays off, it just got accepted into a museum show.

Your insight on making changes until it works is right on the money - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't - but then, if you don't go for it, you don't get the gold ring!

Wow! Congratulations on getting accepted into a museum show! Great accomplishment! I wish you the best of luck!

You are so right about making changes. Since I've started using sanded paper (especially Wallis), it has relaxed me so much more when painting. The paper can take such abuse, and still look good, it is really quite amazing. I don't feel so stressed about the choices I make because I know that if I don't like it, I can just wipe it out and try again. The painting doesn't get trashed, and I can rework the problem over and over again. And even if the painting is trashed, I can reuse a piece of paper again and again until I'm more satisfied. It really is quite liberating.

I used to use Canson Mei Tints smooth side, but it does not take any abuse whatsoever, so now I only use it for quick sketches in portrait workshops. Sometimes I use it for quick still life sketches, but not so much in landscapes. I struggle too much with those, and I need to be able to rework them - I need all the help I can get!

Again, congratulations on your success!
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Stunning work!
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Re: Kitchen memories

Beautiful! And very interesting to read about the changes you made! Sometimes we do find out changes are needed, but may be reluctant to take out some part of the painting we've spent so much time on. A bit ruthlessness towards oneself can make wonders.

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Paula, Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for your kind comments!

Charlie, Thank you so much for looking, and for your kind comments. Yes, it is very hard to be objective with our own work, and be willing to make changes regardless of the time spent. It is something I always struggle with, and have to force myself to do.
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