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Still Life Oil Painting Demonstration:
A Life Study in Oil

In this still life oil painting demonstration of a flower study, we omit the preliminary toning of the values.

Instead, we go directly into color as soon as the composition is indicated with a rough outline of thin French Ultramarine.

But even before that can happen, we had to do a couple of compositional notes and select the one that was more pleasing to the eye

This is where you apply your drawing skills: just to make an outline of the objects you're about to paint.

Still Life Oil Compositional Notes Still Life Oil 2

Next, we paint the approximate colors directly on the canvas, without attempting to hold our colors tightly within the boundaries of the drawn outline.

Instead, paint freely, and concentrate on the colors.

Still Life Oil 3

And the image below is the completed still life oil study of the painting.

For the flowers we used Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light, and a bit of Cobalt Blue.

For the leaves we used Thalo Green and Cobalt Blue with a bit of Yellow Ochre and Burnt Sienna.

The vase is painted with grays produced with mixtures of Cobalt Blue, and small amounts of Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre, and Ivory Black.

The table is Cadmium Yellow Light and Yellow Ochre, with accents of the latter and Burnt Sieanna.

For the tablecloth and the background, we used a mixture of Cobalt Blue, Yellow Ochre, and Alizarin Crimson (which ended up being the dominant color later on).

The white drapw shadows are Cobalt Blue with a touch of Alizarin Crimson.

Still Life Oil Study

Rokeby Venus, by Velazquez


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