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Palermo 1820 by KristinaGehrmann Palermo 1820 by KristinaGehrmann
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My latest, but not my last, still life from Angel Academy! :)
Oil on canvas, about 45x65 cm.

You can see a WIP photo here:

Like in the previous still life, I used the sight-size method here to get the proportions, relations and sizes of the objects drawn correctly in the earliest stage.
After this drawing stage, dark shapes are blocked in. Only then are colors blocked in - very simple, flat colors at first. Then each object is refined and detailed and brought to a finish. We start with the fruit (or whatever perishables we're using), since they, well, rot really quickly XD
This is why some fruit is missing from the WIP photo. We sometimes have to replace things that get squishy and moldy, but I try to finish them really quickly so that I can still eat them afterwards. So far, successfully: I had to throw away just one orange.

The white cloth is my pillow case (No worries, I had another one to sleep on). I wanted something white, and I'm too lazy to buy a nice lacy tablecloth at the market, you see.
(And who knows how many poor Chinese immigrants are getting exploited, working under inhumane conditions in the textile industry in Prato °__° I'm not buying pretty, cheap clothes in the Chinese stores in Florence anymore.)

The pretty glass is courtesy of my landlady, Vanda (grazie mille!)
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Melg701 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Wow I love your work.
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
That is a gorgeous still life!
IAstartov Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Great work! Looks realistic.
21stCenturyDamocles Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
great light i just love your work
Lucony Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist
I'm totally stunned! Ein spannender Kontrast der strahlenden Früchte auf ihrer weißen Decke gegenüber der düsteren Atmosphäre. Chapeau! ;)
dkdelicious Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Refreshing piece in showing actual skill in drawing and painting from life.
Great work!
vaporz123 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
hi, i like your works a lot. been checkin out angel academy's web too. lot's of amazin works. can you gimme some hints on color? i seem to have a lot of problem handling value/hue/temperature/ and intensity all at once... may i know what's your palette for this painting? is it basically the same one for most of your other works? what sort of planning do you do - if any - before you start a painting? sorry i am asking a lot. thanks in advance for reading. =)
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi :)
I could tell you all here I know about color but it would fill an entire book. Fortunately, such books have already been written, and much better than anything I could write, too.

To recommend just one, look for "Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter" by James Gurney.
For more recommendations, check the huge book list in my journal: [link]

I don't remember how the palette for this painting looked like (2 years is a long time). My best advice is to try to limit yourself to only the most important colors you think you'll need but perhaps less than ten per palette.
vaporz123 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
heyy thanks so much for replying =DD

oh less than ten, i see... i have about 13 now and my teachers asked me to add more... but i'll try yours!

one more question, you start with lots of turpentine in the beginning and slowly add more pigment right? no mediums etc?

once again thanks a lot!
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
Not too much turpentine (or diluent), just as little as necessary. We used an odorless solvent.
Yes, the principle "fat on lean" always applies for oil painting. The medium should be slightly richer (more oil) with each layer. Your teacher is supposed to know that (otherwise find another school)
Perhaps this is helpful too: [link]
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