Thursday, July 26, 2012

Two on the Side

Two on the Side 6" x 6" oil on canvas

This painting was done as a primary palette challenge on 
Daily Paintworks.
I thought I would take photos of each step in the
painting so I can share how these striped 
paintings progress.

I figure out the set up:

Then I stain the board, usually with a transparent color and 
wipe it down with a paper towel.
Then I divide up the painting and decide where everything will go
and mark it with small strokes of another color and wipe down:

Next I decide on the light dark pattern making sure that
it is either mostly light or mostly dark. This one
is dominant light:

I continue to refine the drawing and add the pattern of the stripes.
To help remind me of what is the lightest light ( highlights and white stripes).
I will take some orderless turp and paint over the white stripe and wipe off the color with a paper towel.

Next I will usually lay in the darks first and try to keep the values close together:

Then I continue to define the cherries in the cup and then the cup inside the stripes:

Now I can just play around with the stripes.  I'll put in all the light
stripes of one color, in this case the blue stripes.

Now I'll add the other color stripes and play with the transition colors between
the light and dark of each color and the brushwork between the light areas
and the dark areas:

Finally I added the bottom cloth, the stems, and the highlights:
 Easy Peasy!


  1. Hi Bruce, I follow you on Facebook and had no idea of your blog. I shall sit after dinner and view past post. Keep painting and posting, you are a very interesting artist. Love the comments.

    1. Hi Blanche, I'm glad you found this post interesting and visited my blog! I signed up to follow yours. I appreciate your comment! It's nice to get positive feedback.

  2. I saw this on DPW and just thought it was breathtaking! Gorgeous painting!

  3. Bruce this is an excellent step-by-step. I really enjoyed seeing your process. The end results are stunning. Hope you are proud.

  4. Hi Donna, I am so glad that you like it!

  5. Hi Julie, thanks so much for your feedback on the process and your comments. I wasn't sure if
    anyone would be interested in the step by step, but I think I'm going to try to do it more often!

  6. Bruce, love the step by step please do others. I've painted in watercolor, acrylic, collage and this year started in some oils and showing your process helps so much. Maybe I'll paint along with one of these. I found you today on DPW with that gorgeous rose. n

  7. Hi Nancy,
    I will do more like this. Sometimes I just combine the first three steps into one. I'll post one this week. Thanks for your feedback!