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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Still life lesson - seeing colour in white

This is a picture of my easel, paint and still life set up in Ingrid's "Still Life and Figure Class". The lesson here was to see colour in a white set up - white flowers, clear vase, white background. This was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Thank goodness Ingrid does a demo first so we can "see" what she "see's" The lights above help to add shadow to the shapes which help to show the subjects colour.

Oil on canvas board 12" x 16"

This is the final painting and I am really happy with it. I had no idea there were so many colours in white!The colours are not muted or subtle in my painting (couldn't do it if my life depended on it!) and I like the "alive" feeling of the flowers.


  1. This painting is really beautiful Karen! Just love it! White is a difficult color. I sometimes have trouble with Yellows myself. Your flowers are very nicely painted and I really like the composition of this piece. Nice job!

  2. Thanks Marie, white and yellow with it's many varieties are a challenge. It was a struggle to view white through an artists eyes versus what our brain tells us.