Working on this wee beastie is somewhat like pulling teeth. I may have mentioned that once or twice before. I lose count. Owing to the waxing and waning light levels in my art studio, it has been quite a challenge to be consistent with the tonal values thus far.

My husband’s photo below is what I’m aiming for, i.e. as close to a photographically accurate rendition as I can manage, give or take an ounce of artistic license.

This is where I’m at so far. Bearing in mind that I did take a three week break somewhere in between now and my previous update.

I’ve started adding some of the darker tones. You’d be surprised how difficult it is to paint a circular tyre in perspective. Requires a dexterity and wherewithal that would challenge the best of us. Also, in order to create the illusion of a deep black, pure ‘black’ paint straight from the tube will not suffice. The ‘black’ I’ve used here is in fact a blend of Winsor Violet, Prussian Blue, Burnt Sienna and Ivory Black (it’s only just struck me what a contradiction that last name is). As it is, the blacks in this painting are going to require several layers in order to achieve the depth of the original photograph.

I’ve been working on the floor tiles and the wall, building up layers of paint glazes. It’s a bigger job than I had originally anticipated, and slow going owing to the amount of detail. I’ll get there eventually, however. See if I don’t…

Now that the paint has had a few days to dry, I can begin neatening up the details on the buildings in the background. I have to add a few details that aren’t present in the above photo – the format of my canvas is slightly different than that of the photo: Same width, but slightly longer. We managed to find a reference photo of the exact same buildings from Google maps, so I can make an educated guess when drafting the missing windows and lintels. I’ll be much happier when I’ve blocked the windows in with a coat of paint as it’ll add further depth to the whole piece, and allow me to gauge the overall tonal range of the painting.

I have been taking pictures at every stage, so perhaps at a later point I can do a video montage of them all in lieu of a time-lapse film. We’ll see.

8 thoughts on “Painting of Fruit Cart – Venice – Layers and layers.

  1. With ‘artistic licence’ Ma’am, you don’t have to be precise—we have cameras for that.
    YOU, wee Brush Person, are both recorder, interpreter, and Creator.

    Now stop dallying about—get in there and CREATE~!
    (Sheesh …)

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  2. Rereading your wee introduction I see that you (still) love coffee. Doubtlessly you have your favourite method of the many ways of creating such sludge (my coffee was always that, sludge) (if a kitten can’t walk across it without keeping dry paws, it ain’t coffee) and recently I was introduced to a wee gadget that has rewritten my book. (I shan’t name it lest I be accused of commercialism but it ticks all of my boxes and isn’t expensive …)(unless you ask, of course …)

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    1. I’ve actually conceded to the most convenient method of producing my cup o’daily sludge. I too like it relatively strong. I no longer use my stove top cafetiers, because they’re a bit of a faff. We do have a standard coffee machine which with a bit of experimentation over the years I can get to produce coffee to the consistency and flavour intensity that I prefer. Still doesn’t beat coffee on the continent purchased at a coffee house, the likes of which I grew up with in southern Spain, but it will suffice.

      So, what is this wee gadget that you’ve happened upon…? (Of course, I was always going to ask.)

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      1. A simple thing indeed, and not at all expensive. Looks disappointingly like a plastic bike-pump but looks can be (are) deceiving. Enough guff, get thee to Google and try “Aeropress”.

        U-tube has oodles of offerings, but the proof is in the tasting—try the paper filters first—I have both. It’s early-ish days still, although I’ve tried the metal filter my preference is for the paper (cheap enough, boom boom!)

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        1. Ooh, this looks good, and might actually be a solution to my coffee needs while travelling. I usually stay in the same apartment when I go back to the UK, but they have a French Press which as you probably know, is messy on the clean-up and you get grit at the bottom of your cup. Thank you for this little gem! Affordable indeed.


          1. My own taste prefers ‘espresso’ grind, and when emptying (firing out the ‘puck’ of used grinds and filter) be careful until you get the hang of it … poke the end right into your bin.

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