Still Life with Lace
I finally finished this painting which has been sitting on my easel for weeks. I started it to get back into oil painting after my trip to San Francisco. From the start, things didn’t go well – the canvas is too small, the setup is too fussy for my taste, the lace background way too difficult, and then we had a heat wave, which turned my studio into a furnace, and I sprained my ankle, so I was trying to paint with my foot propped up. I had a really difficult showing depth, because of the way the light reflected on the lace background. It had a sort of illuminated ‘holy card’ look for a while, which I really disliked, but I toned down the background, but couldn’t get it in balance – and so it sat and dried. Finally, yesterday, I decided to submit it to Nel, who is teaching an online oil painting class, for comments – and she nailed it right away. Add a shadow. Simple as that. It’s amazing what we don’t see in our own work sometimes.
This is the third version – the first two are on Flickr, if you want to see Nel’s comments.
Still not my favorite painting, but it was excellent practice. Now I have to go clean all of that dried paint off my palette…..