Daily Painting Challenge, January 2015, Day 19

January 21, 2015

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Seashell

oil on canvas panel, 6×6″

Today’s is less successful than yesterday’s. While I was lucky yesterday in establishing the monumentality or simple grandeur of the seashells, I was seduced today by the detail. So it doesn’t “read” well: is it a seashell or a pine cone gone wrong?

The foreshortening was risky and the result is something stilted; Van der Ast did the same thing in his still lifes with shells and achieved a similar ‘un-quiet’.

My viewpoint is somewhat higher than the paintings of the last two days. I notice that painters seem to develop a habit of using the same viewpoint.

 

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days, January 2015, organised by Leslie Saeta (http://lesliesaeta.blogspot.com.au).

Reference: Stern, Arthur. How to see color and paint it: a series of projects designed to open your eyes to colors you never saw before. New York, Watson-Guptill, 1984.

 

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