July 20, 2013
What to Paint?
That is a big question. Maybe it is just me, but it takes me a lot of time to figure out what to paint. I am embarrassed to admit how many photos I have, over 10,000, always looking for something interesting. I like best to paint from life and have acquired so many "props", another something I am a little embarrassed to admit. I'll include the tip of the iceberg in a few photos. I have vases galore, shoes, rubber duckies, perfume bottles, boxes...... could I be a hoarder? I love flowers, too, but at least I don't store them. I always have vases of flowers around, anyway.
(Fortunately, I have a lot of shelves in my studio)
Yes, that is a jar of olives behind the ducks
Wherever I go, I look for interesting props. I recently discovered a great place in Richmond called "Out on a Whim - Antiques & Whimsies." (address: Heritage Antiques Mall, 7521 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23228.) I even put in an order with the lovely owner for a mint julep cup, something I painted while in a class and it seemed like such a good idea for flower paintings. The reflective surface looked so nice with hydrangeas.
I was hunting for a cute teapot for awhile, then it was blue-green canning jars. Donuts were a good subject , but the calories were adding up. Hershey kisses were fun to paint, then eat.
Constant reminder to myself: Design/composition is the most important step. Think values and shapes.