I have been in the mood for some still life painting these days. I decided to photograph this painting in stages in hopes that someone will find the images and information useful.
After setting up my still life I drew in the composition. I placed a rectangle around my main compositional elements to be sure my drawing would be correct in the placement of the canvas.
I started by blocking in and painting the clementines and lemons that are sitting on the plate. These were my focal point so I wanted to make sure I got the in right. I then did the same with the rest of the fruit.
After having painted in the fruit I started to think about the grand design in terms of foreground and background. I placed a few directional strokes to indicate movement of the table cloth. I did not use the actual folds of the cloth but rather tried to make lines and shapes I felt needed to be there. These are just abstract lines that I hope will help the composition.
I start to painting in some of the detail of the leaves and branches. I am still composing the picture at this time by taking leaves and branches out and putting them in as I see fit.
Stage 4 Final
At this point I am just fine tuning the painting, adding a value here or there or adding little dabs of color and adjusting edges. For me this is all about balancing the painting, and trying to decide when I should stop 🙂