Monday, February 27, 2012

A Process

"Trio" Oil on canvas, 9x12"

I love to see the progression of a painting from first sketch to finished product. I don't know why, but it's so fulfilling for me. 

I started this at my dining room table about a month ago, and finished it in an afternoon, taking TPC (Terrible Phone Camera) photos along the way. 

I'd actually planned to paint some pears for a long time now - it's such a ubiquitous subject, but they're beautiful! And tasty. Truth: I did not paint pears for so long because I kept eating them first.

My underdrawing. Filling in basic lines and shadows.

Here you can also see my little homemade pochade box - just a small wooden cigar box from our local thrift store, reinforced in the back with some cork to keep the top from falling back.  I love painting out of this thing! It's so easy! I have some plans to make a better one for our trip to Europe next summer.

Filling things in... I love this step. All those unresolved lines and brushstrokes... it's so expressive.

I kept it to a limited palette of Yellow Ochre, Sap Green, Titanium White, and Burnt Siena, I believe. 

"Trio" Oil on canvas, 9x12"
Such a fun and simple painting. I would definitely like to do more like this... next time I have uneaten pairs available.


  1. We really like "Trio" Samantha and the lovely way you described the process.

  2. Love this painting! Haha you and David are great bloggers. You have great prose ;) and p.s. YOU'RE GOING TO EUROPE?!!