Thursday, May 30, 2013

Nest 20x24

"Nest" 20x24 oil on linen
The last of my winter/spring paintings to come off the easel. Since January, I've done 4 paintings, which, considering they were all pretty large, I'm very pleased. Here is one of my "still life with master copy" that I've done a number of over the past year. Bougereau's "Rest" is in the background, with a still life set up of birds in a nest in the foreground. To be honest, this painting was a struggle, not because it was difficult, but because I got very very bored with it. Almost right from the start I had to force it. I'm not sure if it was because I wasn't in the mood for a still life, or because I've painted these elements so many times before, or what, but the only part I actually enjoyed painting was the crumpled paper nest. But at any rate, I pushed through and finished it, even if it is not as high a finish as I generally like.