Showing posts with label alla prima still life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label alla prima still life. Show all posts

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Croissant Alla Prima Still Life

6 x 6 Oil (alla prima)
Carole Rodrigue ©2015

I feel as though my well is running dry lately and I often don't know what to paint.  This can become very frustrating as well as stressful.  I wake up in a panic some mornings because I feel uninspired at times.  Today was one of those days, and just when I was ready to give up, I spotted croissants on the counter.  Whew! I can't tell you what a relief it was to see something I could paint today.  I'm serious, these things really gnaw at me.

This is now up on eBay.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Candy Cane Daily Painting

Candy Cane & Ornament
6 x 6 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

It was slow going today and by late afternoon I still wasn't sure what I would paint, but then my subject was right in front of me as I looked down at the kitchen counter and saw the candy cane sitting almost saying, "Pick me!" So, I picked the candy cane along with an ornament for a companion.  The background colour here shows off a little.  It's actually a greying white all over but the photo keeps coming out like this.  This will be the last Christmas themed painting for this year. It was a delight to paint this little one, alla prima.  :-)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Tangerine Alla Prima Still Life with Video Demonstration

6 x 6 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

Today was a productive day.  The dog had her walk and I painted this little tangerine, AND made a little video demonstration using still photos.  My camera doesn't record, so I'm stuck for now.  :-s

This painting is now up for bids on eBay and you can also view the video on YouTube by clicking the embedded video below.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Three Apples Alla Prima Still Life

Three Apples
8 x 6 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

As stated in yesterday's post, I painted apples.  When in doubt, always paint apples.  I'm kidding; there were no doubts, just a lot of apples.  That's not to say that I don't ever have doubts with my work.  I think all artists do.  It's just par for the course to doubt one's work and one's direction every once in a while.  If not, I don't think one is growing as an artist.  I also destroy works I'm not satisfied with at times.  Again,  think all artists do this too.  I just thought I'd share a little about this because many people are under the impression that every work comes out as intended.  Several years ago, I was relieved to read an artist interview in a popular art magazine where this very successful artist stated he often hated some of his works and many he found to be inferior.  These he would paint over.  That's encouraging for any artist and shows that one is able to recognize growth and potential, as well as areas that need improvement.  I have painted over many canvases or destroyed them.  Some have ended up as impromptu palettes holding gobs of paint.  Hopefully, this is something I will keep doing in the future.  :-)

The apples in the above painting were painted today, alla prima and I took many still shots as I painted.  I don't have any quality method to record so I'm taking photos for now.  I'm going to be putting together a little video demo with these stills.  They still show my process quite nicely.  It'll be posted and shared here and on YouTube as soon as it is done.

I hope you like this little painting, as well as my long paragraph.  I plan on discussing more of these art issues in the future.  Ta-ta for now!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bosc Pear No. 6 Alla Prima Daily Painting

Bosc Pear No. 6
7 x 5 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

I had purchased many pears last week for the still life with the Indian tea pot, so I thought I use one of these today for a small alla prima painting.  I'm loving painting those pears! Now I need to try and think of something to paint for tomorrow . . .

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Gourds Daily Painting Still Life

Fall Gourds
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

These little gourds sit on my coffee table in a lovely fall arrangement.  Sometimes you can sit for hours wondering what to paint and the answer lies in front of you the whole time. This is the beauty of still life painting.  There's no need to trek through nasty weather to paint the perfect location under the perfect lighting, or patiently taking thousands of photos to find the right pose while photographing animals who refuse to stay still.  I've done both and enjoyed it, but my heart still lies in still life.  I do plan on some plain air painting soon though, even though I've been saying it for ages it seems.  I will get to it some day.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this one which is now up on eBay.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Eggs & Skillet Daily Painting

Eggs & Skillet
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

While forever trying to think of new things to paint for my daily paintings, I had never thought about these common objects that have always been around.  Some days are tough, trying to decide what to paint so when inspiration hits for something new, it's exciting.  I love the spontaneity that happens some days.  It's often in those spur-of-the-moment paintings that I find I really love the outcome, such as in this one.

It's now up on eBay.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Basket of Apples Daily Painting

Basket of Apples
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

Since fall is at our doorstep, I was inspired to paint something in a basket.  Of course apples are always a delightful subject and certainly abundant at this time of year.  This is now up on eBay.

I'm still working on the large commission painting but I'll still try to paint a couple more dailies.  I hope you enjoyed this one and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pears, Alla Prima Daily Still Life Painting

8 x 10 Oil alla prima
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

Hello everyone, I was in the mood for painting pears lately so today was the day.  I was originally going to paint only the red pears, but decided to mix it up a little, and I'm very pleased with the way this turned out.  I need to paint some more pears for a charity fundraiser next month.  Pears are always such a pleasure to paint.  If you like this one, it is now up for auction on eBay with a low bid of $49.99. Thanks for looking!