Sugar Bowl Study

Small study, about 5x7 in., oil on linen

This is a little demo I did a few weeks ago but never got around to posting.  It was a demo about painting alla prima. I particularly enjoyed the fabric in the background with the floral pattern. Patterns are typically best left as “suggested” rather than tightly rendered. The form of the fabric itself should take precedence over the pattern, otherwise you run the risk of the pattern becoming more visible than the folds and drape of the fabric. Areas in shadow will have less prominent visibility of the pattern, the contrast between the pattern and the fabric will be diminished. The areas in light will have more contrast and the pattern will be more visible. I always work on the form of the fabric first and leave the pattern for the very end.

2 Responses to Sugar Bowl Study

  1. kseverny says:

    this is good.
    i agree that pattern looks great as loose

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