The Cup II

Still life of a little cup.

The Cup II, 20" x 24", Oil on canvas panel
The Cup II, 20″ x 24″, Oil on canvas panel, $1000
A friend of mine picked this little cup up at a flea market while spending some time in Germany. He gave it to me thinking it would make a nice painting.
To create a some dramatic lighting, I set the cup up with a white light shining straight down on it and two blue lights on both sides.
I find there’s a strange balance, when painting from life or from photos, of how realistic or stylized to make the painting. On this painting, I spent the first day trying to paint exactly what I was seeing (the real cup is very symmetrical in shape). I got frustrated because it wasn’t coming out just right, so I gave up, wiped it away and put it aside. The next day I went at it again knowing there was a painting there and just drew it out focusing more on the composition than trying to get every detail just right. This little cup has a lot to offer so I’ll probably paint it again and again.


Ten Pink Roses

A painting of a thank you gift.

Ten Pink Roses, 12" x 16", Acrylic on canvas panel
Ten Pink Roses, 12″ x 16″, Acrylic on canvas panel, $400
My wife got these roses for a thank you from a student she worked with. They weren’t in the house long before I decided they really needed to be painted. I knew theses flowers would soon die and go away, but by painting them they live on!
This was the first time I’ve tried to paint roses and it was quite a challenge. I don’t have any of those one-swooping-brush-stroke-pedal techniques, so I just do what I do and tried my best to capture these beautiful shapes. The finished painting ended up having a kind of wispy translucent quality as though there is some kind of breeze blowing them around.
For the set up I put the dog’s pillow behind the flowers for a background. I originally had the table edge going at an angle and you can still see it in the background.
One other funny thing to note is a lot of times about half way through a painting, without even trying, I’ll see some kind of face. Can you find the face I see in this painting?
Here’s a photo of the set up.




A still life with limes and a bottle of Corona.

Limegreen, 9" x 12", Oil on canvas board
Limegreen, 9″ x 12″, Oil on canvas board, $200
My brother Tom and I were doing theme paintings for a while. We’d both paint something with the same theme and see what we came up with. This being a “fruit” theme, I got some limes and we had the Corona. It was a painting and a party!
Here’s the still life set up.limegreen_photo