White Light, White Heat
So here’s the thing – I took a while to complete this study. Though it felt good to return to basic pencil shading, I must admit that it began to feel over-worked towards the end.
The composition has a white ceramic oil jar and tea cups on a white cider table top with tungsten light overhead. My attempt was to try and get in multiple shades of white while still trying to hold to the warmth of the yellow light. I was particularly interested in following through with light and shade details as closely and as best I could, even if at times what I saw seemed almost unlikely, unnatural. I really did resist all temptation to ‘cheat’ or correct what looked to me like visual tricks. Did I succeed in getting a believable set of objects in the end?
By now I’m beginning to feel the itch to create free-form. But I’m going to try to hold off. Prolong the tension and suspense while I push towards more detailed studies like this one. I also feel oils calling.
In the following week I might sit down with a oil painted still life. Perhaps I will first do a pencil work and then re-do the same still-life with oils.