by Jane McElvany Coonce
Every spring and fall, I go up to Woodstock, VA and paint with a group of friends that I've know for years. My art mentor and former art teacher, Diane Tesler, comes back from Indiana to see all of her old students. Still lifes are set up and we paint for 3 days straight. It's heavenly. No laundry , no cooking, no waiting on anyone except myself. It's a tight knit group and it's like going back to a class reunion every time.
So this is the still life I did in November. I call it "Metalica" because it has those metal cups that we used to have when I was a kid. There's even a self portrait in the silver plate!
So here is how I started. I've numbered them so you can see the progression. I'll do part one today and part 2 tomorrow.
#1 I begin with a pencil sketch on paper so that I can determine what size canvas I want to use.
|#1 Pencil Sketch|
|#2 Draw with paint|
#3 I begin to block in the objects with a thin layer of color. Things at this stage may move later on, but I need to get something down so I can see what's working and what isn't. This is all I get done the first day.
|#3 Begin to block in|