I have been having some fun creating a couple of oil paintings over the past few weeks and I thought that I would share some of this process with you.
This is the completed painting. Below are some of the steps I went through painting it.
In this image you see that I have begun blocking in the areas that will be further developed later on. This is pretty much a mapping out stage that I often refer to in my classes as "place holding". I'm kind of plunking general shapes in there to get a sense of the over all scheme.
Here you can see that I have spent quite a bit of time creating depth and detail in the flowers....my favorite thing to paint. I have also begun to form the bowl, giving it a sense of three dimensions.
The grapes are being added along with more detail to the bowl in which they partially sit. I have gone into the background a bit to smooth out transitions in this area as well as begun creating shadows under items.
This image shows the painting at a point where it is just about completed. I love the light in this image (I must have done something right when taking the photograph!). You can see how I have worked to develop a focal area through the use of value (light and dark) and contrast (soft vs. hard edges). Some fallen petals have been added to help move the eye through the painting.