Category Archives: Still Life
24″ x 18″ on 140 lb. watercolor paper
I didn’t have a reference photo for this painting, but I did get to know some of the participants quite well. There are over 4,000 little painted squares that make up the crochet tablecloth. I created the pencil drawing freehand causing some of the shapes to be a bit off, but I’ll rack that up to artistic license.
24″ x 18″ on 140 lb. Watercolor paper
$150 unframed/$250 framed
I had recently watched a short piece on Oregon Art Beat about artist Jhenna Quinn Lewis who specializes in Trompe L’oeil paintings. Trompe L’oeil is the technique of creating extremely realistic almost three dimensional imagery. I had tried something similar when I first started painting 6 years ago, but it wasn’t very good and I didn’t know I was attempting Trompe L’oeil.
The Collector is my attempt at Trompe L’oeil while integrating thin strips of tape to mask off areas I want to remain white. These strips represent string that give the painting a more three dimensional look. Geoffrey McCormack, a friend and painter, has created some remarkable pieces using tape. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery as they say.
I thought about making the background black, but later got some good advice from my wife-muse that it might look better with a lighter color. So I decide to paint the background as wood. I found a great YouTube demonstration on painting wood in watercolors so off I went.
This entire painting took close to 20 hours. I did multi-layered washes for the wood and even added two more layers after I thought the painting was done. Some of the stamps are real stamps and others are ones I invented.
Favorite parts of the painting? The Duesenberg car stamp and the shadows of the white strings.
My grandfather was an avid golfer right up to the end of his life. When he died, I was given his clubs primarily because I was left-handed just like he was. The set was made up of Ben Hogan autographed clubs. The woods are actually made of wood.
Gramp was a short, fair-haired Irishman with a dry sense of humor. He would have appreciated that I did a painting of his clubs and then sold it to another golfer.
The most time with this painting was spent painting the grass. I started with a light yellow-green and then progressed to darker and darker greens and finally a dark almost black green for the shadows.
Chuck Taylor Converse basketball shoes first appeared in 1910. It has been 100 years and we’re still wearing ’em.
I started by masking off all the laces and white stitching. I then did multiple layers of colors for the shoes both inside and out. Once I was satisfied with the color and contrast, I took the masking fluid off and began adding shadows to the laces to make them 3-dimensional. Finally I put shadows around the shoes.