Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Still Life With The Wrappers On.

I know it's been quiet on here for a couple of weeks now. I had been devoting myself to working on this latest piece during the time and am now happy to finally share it with you. I have been wanting to move my work into a new direction since school has ended and I've been using the extra time I now have to dabble in the art of indirect painting, which is a method of painting that I only started to learn about in class last January and which is a technique used popularly in Renaissance painting. I wanted to do something a little tongue-in-cheek by doing a traditional rendering of a still life but instead of using fruits, I used junk food. Junk food has a much longer shelf-life than fruit, which allowed me ample time to work on this painting without the food turning bad-- though after over a month of sitting out all temptation has left me to snack over my set-up.

I'm very excited about utilizing this method of painting and am looking forward to using it again. I think my biggest beef is with how time-intensive this method of painting is, especially with having to wait until the painting dries before adding the next layer, but the results are quite stunning. I am very happy with the level of control I get out of this method and I hope to only improve with my follow up pieces. But be patient with me-- these pieces take a very long time to complete!

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