I’ve been working on a commission lately that is a companion work to Granny Knot, a still life I painted this summer. These show the beginning stages of the painting. I’ll keep posting updates until it is finished.Progress shots are below.
This one is called Precarious Pear 11×14 inches oil painting by Brady Allen.
It’s been a little while since I painted a still life, and I realized that I missed the quiet joy of looking at an arrangement and just thinking about how you are going to represent it in paint. I originally had a Granny Smith apple and a Jonagold apple, but I thought the red and green were fighting for attention, so I switched out the Jonagold for another Granny Smith and that made the arrangement come alive.
Granny Knot in progress #1 by Brady Allen
This shows the blocking in of the lights, shadows, and general shapes to see how everything was working.
Granny Knot in progress #2 by Brady Allen
At this point I switched over to work on the apples before the heat of the day started them down the path of no return.
Granny Knot in progress #3 by Brady Allen
After the apples were done I worked on the strip of cloth tied around the upper Granny Smith before going back to capture the stoneware mustard jar it was sitting on. This is one of the first paintings I’ve extensively used Rublev paint’s lead white. I think I am beginning to really like it!
Granny Knot 11×14″ oil painting by Brady Allen
The final image shows everything done, with the final touches on the wood grain and the subtle reflections on the top plank.
Granny Knot is available at the Montgomery Lee Fine Art gallery in Park City.
On the BBC show Antiques Roadshow a man shows up with a copy of a painting by official war artist William Orpen painted during WWI. The painting turns out to be far more interesting and valuable than even the appraiser realized.
I love this story about the artist William Orpen and how his painting The Spy caused court marshal proceedings against him, and how he got out of them. Please read the full story on Mathew Innis’s blog Underpaintings.
The Art Renewal Center just posted the results of their annual art salon Thomas Reis won Best of Show for Amelie and painter of manly things, David Gluck won the William Bouguereau award for his painting The Trapper.
ARC is also adding an Imaginative Realism category for the 2013 Salon!
Check out the rest of the winners and finalists at the main ARC Salon 2011/2012 page.