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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]
vaporz123 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
=) hmm actually i left my school earlier this year after too many disagreements with lecturers etc... i'm now under a teacher from china, and for now, he's offering much more help. but am still at e drawing stage. just fiddling around w paints on my own, books/internet etc.
heartinart Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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ealair Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
I just LOVE this one so much! You did great with details! Btw it was the title of your work to capture my attention at first!
jfkpaint Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Wonderful painting. Would love to have the opportunity to study it in person. The fabric is a work of beauty. Loved your description of the process. Too many on DA don't bother to share. Thanks
Muhalovka Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
astounding <3 there needs to be more art like this in our times. Not enough neutral and traditional art, too much "original" minimalistic postmodern art
ART-Luk Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Good old school in painting. Yours. :)
very-vera Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student Filmographer
breathtaking beautiful....
Haydaad Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful still life. I love the rich bold colors. The orange slice looks so juicy. Excellent painting. Thanks for sharing.
cmlbgl Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Nice color.
dreamarian Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
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xxaihxx Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
Superb work!
Kel-art Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
great work
evusha Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Earleywine Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the way you use the fruit - it helps with the 'starving artist' thing !! Very nice still life. And the light is wonderful
sanctuary-meadow Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am almost repulsed how great this looks XD
What I mean is, it's just tooo good.
It looks like a damn photo!
Wonderful colour scheme and set up.
Amazing work.
Detail detail detail!
You got it :)
Markobo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow beautiful
symposion Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
ConnectCat Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Very Beautiful Paint!
Like Caravaggio ;D
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wateradept8 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Student General Artist
gosh i love this
JaZz-oR Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Extraordinary work! LOVE~
jeyaprakash Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wow !!
Aeonoel Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
This is classic! I love your works.
Chael Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
I love blood oranges, and Sicily. Amazing rendering skills Maidith. :D
abi-m Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Beautiful still life, love the shadows in this, the realism in the textures on the fruits and the metal vases is breathtaking
davepuls Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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ArwenGernak Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
simply wonderful
Carame1 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
It is unreal how real this is.
I smell a lot of Vitamin C.

Amazing your skills are
AndreaCC Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice still life. I specially like the fabric, it looks very well done.
A little too dark for me but that's my personal opinion. In general i think it's a great still life and it looks very realistic. You blended very well the painting, congratulations.
owensangel10 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love still life!!
esTHer-duraes Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Thank you!
Zhaanman Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant realism very stylish and alive!
rorsdors Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Stunning the way you've captured the light and textures is so impressive
Alice-etc Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
OMG! It's awesome! Amazing! :wow: Just great. :)
MasumiXMRCX Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
you are an inspiration to self improvement! Amazing rendering and just plain beautiful painting!!
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rinaswan Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Congratulations! This piece has been chosen for :icontraditional-artists: BEST OF WEEKLY FEATURE!! It is currently featured in this week's journal [link] and news article! [link]
Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the dark, rich colors, Very nice piece!
abulafio Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
remarkable work as usual.
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