Still life 5

still life 5

This was completed at the end of the spring term, before the Easter break.  It was the fifth in a series of still life paintings.  I’m reasonably pleased with it, but there is something wrong with the colours – I’m not sure they work as well as they could.  Any thoughts would be appreciated!

6 thoughts on “Still life 5

  1. I think it looks great. The only thing I would change would be to either darken or lighten the blue on the teapot or the blanket. They’re very close, and almost blend together. I notice some of the blanket (right around the teapot spout) is a little darker, maybe just keep going with that for the whole blanket? Honestly though, it’s not that big of a deal, really.

  2. I like the bold strong piece you posted here.
    If you don’t like the colors I would suggest changing either the tea pot or drapery so they are not exactly the same color. You have this same blue in three – maybe 4 different items.

  3. The colours made me think “Ooh… almost.” See, I’m all about crossing the colour wheel: colours that are opposite each other on the wheel look good together. So my mind says “If that blue were closer to purple, the yellow would really pop nicely.” But, that’s just me.

    I like the weight of the composition a lot!

  4. I like the simplified shapes here – the composition works well. The colors are all on the cool side except for the tiny touch of orange. Could it be that you need some warmth? That could also be the scan/photograph though. Overall, I really like it.

  5. I have to check in here more are a very prolific artist(just learnt this word the other day..) and that inspires me alot.
    I like your painting here and I don’t see myself apt enough to advise, but I do feel comfortable with you and I’ll just give a small opinion. I agree with Casey, maybe a warmer color or two could work and I’m also thinking of that big blue shape in the background? You composition is so nice with your containers in the front and the cool blue which is the same color as your teapot in the front, may distract a little from it? But you know, everybody will see something and they will all be different. In the end you’ll end up with a whole new painting if you listen to everybody! I always just think.. the more you do it, the more you get “the feel” for what works where.
    But I do like your work here, keep going!

  6. Thank you all so much – I shall reply to you individually by email.

    I think my summary, from your comments, is that there is too much of that blue, the teapot and backdrop fight it out for supremacy, and there is not enough orange to complement the blue AND there is all that yellow which would look better with purple. I think I’ll take Ronell’s advice, take the learning from this and go paint something else! Thanks again.

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