Monday, 2 March 2015

Tones and tantrums

More tonal painting, which was very difficult today as the light kept changing in the studio.  How those contestants coped doing their "en plain air" paintings on the Great British Paint Off  I do not know.  Three vases, each with their own challenges.

The first where I had to force myself to accept that it was not symmetrical and that there was a shiny surface behind it

Tonal painting short vase

The second where I could not get the neck proportions right or the sides symmetrical and just went with what was on the page after about 10 attempts

Tonal painting long-necked vase

and the third a glass vase which I am quite pleased with.

Tonal painting glass vase

I've noticed that all of the tops of my vessels tend to slope down on the left hand side, so I'll need to consciously try to overcorrect this.  I wonder if it is something to do with having a dominant left eye ( which I found out the one and only time I went clay pigeon shooting - disastrous!)



  1. They look amazing! Interesting about your eye, and your observation about your paintings. At least once you know what to look for you have a good chance of correcting it.

  2. We are at the mercy of not just our intentions but of our view of things - someone else set up the still life, in this case, and everyone had to "do what you can, where you are, with what you have"!

  3. They are all greabut the glass vase is really lovely! Well done


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