Thursday, May 5, 2016

Lace & Tea Memories

6x6" oil on Gessobord panel

This painting was created for the Daily Paintworks "Antique Challenge." I was a little surprised that this challenge came immediately after I posted my Tarnished Treasures painting because that made it ineligible for the challenge. However, I knew that I had plenty of antique and vintage items to create another. I love lace and wondered how to go about painting it. I discovered the easiest way to create the lacy parts was to add the darks into the whites rather than the other way around. Everything is old in this painting--except the lemon!

The items: The teacup is a vintage blue (though the company called it mauve!) teacup called Harlequin ware. The same company that makes Fiesta ware made Harlequin ware. The spoon is just one of many silver spoons that I found in an antique store. The lace napkin came from my grandmother and it's part of a set that goes with an old cutwork tablecloth.
Underpainting for Lace & Tea Memories

Underpainting: Here's the underpainting that I did as I started this painting. It really helps to get the tones correct when I do this. Sometimes as I'm painting, I lose the lines, but the tones are still there. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I usually do this with a mixture of burnt umber and medium.

1 comment:

  1. This is fabulous! You keep getting better and better.