The Cup II

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Still life of a little cup.

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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.


Author: Chris Palmen

I’ve been practicing art in one form or another for most of my life and have been painting since about 2003. I do explore other medium but primarily use either acrylic or oil paints.

For me art has always been about the enjoyment of drawing and creating. It’s about challenging my eye, my brain, and my hands to recreate what I am seeing on a two dimensional surface.

So far, my paintings have been influenced by anything resembling old boots. In other words, anything that shows it’s character & history in the cracks and creases caused by use and abuse, weathering and age.

Other than that I paint things that are readily available. Anything around the house that looks interesting enough to keep me painting!