Bananas (done for real this time)

4_25_2015_banana_doneThe background was bugging me, so I added a plate and redid it. So much better now, and the plate was a lot of fun to try to capture with limited time and brush strokes.

~30 mins for new plate and background. I left the naners themselves largely untouched.

Work in progress steps: Bananas (wips and done)


Bananas still life (wips and done)

4_25_2015_banana_doneBananas! These bananas had no idea they would be immortalized in a still life when I picked them up off the stand at Safeway. To be honest, I had no idea either. 😛 They just looked like they’d be fun to paint so I moved them off my kitchen counter and onto my still life platform and bam! – banana painting.

~90 minutes in Photoshop

I only saved a couple progress steps:

4_25_2015_banana_wip01 4_25_2015_banana_wip02 4_25_2015_banana_wip03


Dice, spool, ornament still life – red and green lamps (#5)

Here’s #5 in my still life lighting series. Painting from life into Photoshop has proven a reliably interesting use of my time, so I think I’ll continue this series for at least a few more iterations.

In this version there’s a lamp with a red lightbulb (and a red shade!) positioned to the left of the scene, and a small lamp with a green bulb behind a white shade to the right.


For some reason – not sure if it was because of the two-light arrangement – this one seemed to take longer than the previous pieces. The matte-finish ornament in the center is my favorite part of the scene. I’m getting tired of painting the spool of thread. I’m neutral about the dice.


Photoshop CS6
A few hours

#4 – CFL spotlight to the left
#3 – Pink Christmas lights to the left
#2 – Interior floor lamps
#1 – Early winter afternoon daylight

Dice, spool, ornament still life – CFL spotlight to the left (#4)

#4 in my first lighting practice series was lit using an ordinary CFL bulb (“soft white”, to be specific) in a desk lamp pointed straight at the scene from the left. I also continue to correct composition and perspective issues with each successive piece.

So far my method has been to use the previous painting as a base for the next one, though I do end up fully painting over it in the process. This has worked well, as it lets me spend my time on color and not repeating composition, though I do keep fixing things with composition as I go.

dice-spoon-ornament_spotlight_to_the_leftColor-wise, I feel like this is the most artificial looking of the bunch so far. Everything’s the color you expect it to be (and probably the closests these objects have been to their “real” colors), thanks to the lack of natural light and use of almost-white interior lighting. However, a trip to Fred Meyer for colored bulbs has ensured at least a few alien-looking entries will be added to this series soon.

Photoshop CS6
A couple hours

#3 – Pink Christmas lights to the left
#2 – Interior floor lamps
#1 – Early winter afternoon daylight


Dice, spool, ornament still life – pink Christmas lights (#3)

Round 3! Here’s the same scene again, this time illuminated by an enormous wad of pink Christmas lights and a smaller wad of rainbow Christmas lights off to the left and below. They gave everything a pinkish cast.

dice-spoon-ornament_christmas_lights_daylightI’m really enjoying this series and am becoming a little obsessed with finding unique light bulbs and lighting arrangements to point at it.


Dice, spool, ornament in daylight (#1)

Dice, spool, ornament in interior warm lights (#2)


Dice, spool, ornament still life – winter daylight (#1)

I’m 99.9% sure that I have never painted in Photoshop from life before. And I know for a fact I’ve never done a color piece from life before.

That 31 year streak ends today!


Photoshop CS
2 hours (first hour on a greyscale version, then another hour for a color version with improvements to perspective and rendering)

I’m gonna come back to this scene once the light has changed and paint it again.