Thursday, 13 September 2012
'Not' so Still-Life... (WIP)
Since the holidays are now over, it has been quite a relief to get back to a normal routine at last!
On the first day Charlie returned to school, not only did I manage to set up bear 6 - or should I say bears 6, since there are two of them in this composition - but I also managed to sketch them out to full size and transfer the basic lines to my canvas, all in one day!
I shouldn't really take any credit for my composition in this case, because it happened almost by accident! And I am quite sure that when I wasn't looking, the bears came to life, leaned in toward each other - clearly fascinated by the vintage props strewn around them - and then froze again when I turned around ;0)
Anyway, the sun was streaming through the window and though once again, these bears will be before a dark, gloomy back ground, the bright streaks of light hitting the wall behind will form an important part of the composition.
So, here is my initial charcoal sketch...
As usual, there are a few adjustments to be made. I want to shift the light up a little so it isn't in line with the bears ear for one thing... But that's what these sketches are for - to spot problems before they are set in stone.
I am most looking forward to painting the buttons and pearls in this one. I just love painting that kind of thing :0)
This, I feel is along a slightly more feminine route than the other bears in my series so far. What I want to avoid is a cliche and though the theme could be leaning that way, I doubt that many people would choose to paint bears quite so dilapidated as these! The one on the left has a hole in his nose, which you can literally see right through and out the other side - poor thing!
So, now I have frozen the light in my sketch, I can refer back and forth between it and the actual Still-Life whilst I paint.
I'm not sure I can really call my bears Still-Life's at all. I swear that every time I walk in my art studio, something has moved!
I wonder what those bears get up to when I'm not there...??