Tuesday, November 25, 2008

No. 49. Lemon & Oriental Spoon


I bought this little spoon, along with its bowl,  in a local charity shop. Porcelain is a difficult proposition to paint, I find. There's a translucency that's hard to capture, so it's difficult to see it through. Ahem. Because of the warm spotlight, there was a hard, intense highlight, for which I had to evaluate the tonal values for the rest of the piece. The porcelain is white, but painting it requires the artist to work against his perception of what white is. The addition of a lemon, with its own inherent difficulties made this a bitter experience. I'm sorry, I can't stop myself...

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