Thursday, May 21, 2009

Still life of A Silver Goblet


Here's another of my little still life paintings.
It's a good exercise to try to render various different surfaces and textures convincingly.
With reflective surfaces I find it is really important to surrender yourself to the lights and darks that you see in front of you rather than thinking about the contours that you know to be there.
The edges of this goblet are hardly defined at all, and the elipses are a bit wobbly, but because I've got the reflections pretty much in the right places, it reads as a solid goblet.

3 comments:

ourniamh said...

paddy these still lifes are great and have inspired me to paint a still life today. do you take a few hours to do them or work over a few day?

PJ Lynch said...

Hi Our Niamh
Thanks for the comment.
I'm delighted that the still lifes have inspired you.
One of the best things for me is that I do these pictures in one session and so the process can't drag on. Generally I do each painting in about one hour.
What possessed you to call me "paddy"?

PJ Lynch said...

Hi Our Niamh
Thanks for the comment.
I'm delighted that the still lifes have inspired you.
One of the best things for me is that I do these pictures in one session and so the process can't drag on. Generally I do each painting in about one hour.
What possessed you to call me "paddy"?